LETTER: Revisiting the lessons of Sesame Street
To the Editor:
State Rep. Michael Clark: "People shouldn't be able to use their minority status to bully a business."
Somehow this statement made me think of Mr. Hooper's Store on Sesame Street, and the various minorities who frequented it, not to mention the large yellow bird, green grouch, and blue whatever Grover was.
Mr. Clark's statement helped me see Mr. Hooper's customers in a new light. It never occured to me as an 8-year-old that Maria was bullying Mr. Hooper. How dare she buy milk from him, denying Mr. Hooper his personal freedoms in the process. Who knew Sesame Street was a communist plot to teach American children tyranny?
Why didn't poor Mr. Hooper cry out for justice? I might have reached out to him, after my second bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Well, maybe after going fishing with my friend Ryan; constitutional justice always took a back seat when the bullheads were biting.
I'm saddened to learn sweet, compassionate Maria was in truth another entitled minority trampling on the rights of an innocent, white, patriotic American.
Thank you, Mr. Clark, for exposing hidden racism skulking about in broad daylight.
And thank you, Mr. Hooper, for trying to make America great. May you rest in peace.