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Dr. Swain: Progressive Agendas Are Controlling Mainstream Kids’ Shows

By Corinne Murdock

“[P]arents need to wake up and become more aware of what their children are being taught.”

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– Dr. Swain

According to Nickelodeon, even environmental issues are caused by systemic racism. The term for that, they explained, is “environmental racism.”

In response, Dr. Carol Swain revealed that progressive agendas are controlling mainstream children’s programming. What’s more: most parents don’t recognize it. Dr. Swain joined Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt to discuss Nickelodeon’s latest teaching moment.

“I don’t think [parents] realize [that] children’s programming, whether we talk about cartoons or […] Sesame Street, […] have adults with progressive agendas who are not trying to educate your children,” said Dr. Swain. “They’re trying to indoctrinate them with ideas that come from the radical left in academia. They’re not content with destroying the lives of college students. Now they’re focused on K-12.”

In an hour-long Earth Day special episode, Nickelodeon told kids that systemic racism is evident in environmental issues like “Cancer Alley” in Louisiana and the air quality in New York.

Dr. Swain said these ideas are nothing new. She explained that she’s heard about them since the 1970s. Progressive left academics simply repackaged their thesis papers and lecture halls to fit into kid-friendly cartoons.

“I would say that Sesame Street and all of the children’s programming have become tools for the progressive left,” said Dr. Swain. “And as far as environmental racism, I started hearing about it in the 1970s in academia: it was in law schools, it was in graduate public policy schools.”

In the episode, Nickelodeon depicted one common cause behind a litany of complex environmental issues. According to Dr. Swain, that’s not education – it’s indoctrination.

“If you look at the conditions that were identified in the video, it’s far more complicated than that: there’s a whole field of land use and those decisions about where to locate plants have a lot to do with jobs as well as local economies and the cost of land. Those are factors,” asserted Dr. Swain.

Dr. Swain assessed that Nickelodeon’s content focus is littered with the hallmarks of critical race theory (CRT), which is rooted in Marxism.

She also pointed out that adults were puppeteering any kids featured in the episode.

“If you watch the [whole] video, you see children with talking points. And these are talking points that they were handed by someone else,” explained Dr. Swain. “These are talking points I’ve heard before in academia; they’re not talking things that children would naturally come up with.”

Earhardt asked Dr. Swain what could be done.

Dr. Swain said awareness was the first step.

“[P]arents need to wake up and become more aware of what their children are being taught,” asserted Dr. Swain.

Dr. Carol Swain
Dr. Carol Swainhttps://carolmswain.com/
Dr. Carol Swain is a Distinguished Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies with the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a former tenured professor at Vanderbilt and Princeton universities. Her most recent books are Black Eye for America: How Critical Race Theory is Burning Down the House (Co-authored with Dr. Chris Schorr, 2021) and Countercultural Living: What Jesus Has to Say about Life, Marriage, Race, Gender, and Materialism (2021).


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