When I was a kid we moved from the the very multicultural inner city, riding buses, being in the city and moved to small town Minnesota. The few things that remained consistent was Sesame Street. I could still see all the examples of where I had come from and that led to feeling stabilized in a life filled with upheaval. My family relationships were amazingly volatile and pretty abusive. Yet every day I got to see loving families, trust and safety thanks to Gordon, Susan, Maria, Luis, and Bob. At home I had a stepfather who ruled our home with an iron fist, controlling every emotional aspect of our lives. I wasn't really allowed to participate with other kids. School was my only social interaction. We subsisted on commodities because the few time my mom actually switched to food stamps he would sell them for drugs or whatever else he wanted. But for a hour and a half each day I could go to Sesame Street and see loving families, go to Mr Rogers' Neighborhood and have him tell me I was special and unique and lovable. While my stepfather told me how stupid or ugly I was, or emotionally blackmailed me daily.
Not ever kid needs this safety net of televised normality in their lives. But I did. And PBS was there. Let it be there for that next generation of children that needs it.
Public television may be just a distraction from the real issues of this presidency, it may be a smokescreen behind where they are shoving the real issues. But threatening it strikes a real chord in me. And I will speak out against losing it.
To be honest I think lots of people feel this strongly and I think even if they lost their funding there would be other moves to keep it going and strong. I think we would keep it safe. But I don't think we should have to..