WATCH: ‘Sesame Street’ star calls for more Black people on ‘Black History Month’ program
On his “Black History Week” appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” “Sesame Workshop” actor/comedian Will Forte called for more African-American voices in the world of Sesame Street.
“I think if you want to get ahead in your career, you have to be willing to change your character, you can’t keep doing what you’re doing and be a black man.
You can’t be a white man and be the same,” Forte said.
“If you’re going to be the president of the United States, you’ve got to have more African Americans in your family, in your school, in the community.
You have to have somebody to do the things that are going to help you be the best president that you can be.”
Forte’s comments are in stark contrast to the “Black Lives Matter” movement which has been a prominent focus of Black Lives Matter activist and “Black-centric” media like MTV.
Forte was also a prominent “Black person of color” in the late 1960s and early ’70s.
The “Sons of Anarchy” actor has been criticized for his “blackness” in recent years, including for comments made in 2015 when he told Rolling Stone magazine he believed his grandmother’s racial identity “was a matter of my genes.”
“I’m not going to hide it.
I’m not ashamed to say it,” Fortuetes comments on the topic.
“People are going on about my grandmother.
I think I’m going to get in trouble because of that.
I don’t feel I’m doing the right thing by doing that.
It’s not my place to say that.
If I was, it would be my business.”
Fortuets comments come after another Black actor, actor, and “black-centric media” star, Louis C.K., called on “Black people” to participate in the “Singing the Blues” festival.
“Black history month is a time when we celebrate Black artists and thinkers, Black writers, Black artists, Black filmmakers and Black athletes,” Louis CK wrote on Facebook.
“For every person, there are countless stories of heroism, selflessness, perseverance and love for one another.
And Black history month should be about all of those heroes, all of our stories.”
C. K.’s comments follow a similar call by former NFL star and current ESPN analyst Chris Kluwe.
Kluwe is calling for Black athletes to participate and “do the work” during Black History Month.
“The time is right for the Black people to come together to support Black Lives, Black people, Black heroes, Black families, Black students, Black athletes and the people of all colors,” Kluwe wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
“When Black history is celebrated and when Black artists are encouraged, Black culture is more than just music and movies.
It is also the bedrock of the country and culture.”
In addition to the call to “celebrate Black History,” Kluwes comments follow calls for Black people and their families to speak out about violence and racism in the United Kingdom.
“It’s time for Black lives to matter,” he wrote.
“We can’t allow it to get to us in silence.
It must be spoken, spoken out and the world must hear.
Black people need to speak up.
It has to be a call to action.”
“Black lives matter” is the phrase used by the Black Lives Matters movement and has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.
In response to Kluwe’s call, former “Black People of Color” activist and former President Jimmy Carter called for “Black culture to matter.”
“You can’t have a culture of victimhood and victimization and victim-blaming and victimhood-blame,” Carter said.
“‘Black culture’ means ‘black people.’
We don’t want black culture to mean ‘white culture,’ but it means ‘Black culture.'”
The “Black Culture” movement has been described as “Black power” by some Black people.
It was originally created in the 1990s to push for greater Black representation in the entertainment industry and political arena.
However, it has been linked to the anti-Black racism of the Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Movement.
“You have to understand, the Black Power movement is not about white power, Black Power is about Black culture,” Carter wrote.
Former President Donald Trumps former political adviser and “Sketchy Southerner” Ben Carson also has called for greater “Black influence” in politics.
“All of the people who are saying Black culture matters and we need more Black influence in politics and in the media and in everything, they’re not trying to make the Black community go away,” Carson told “Seth Meyers” on “Late Night With Seth Meyers.”
“They’re trying to create a black version of America where Black people have equal representation