Posted on July 18, 2005

Broward School Board Rejects Video Promoting Diversity (Miami), July 15

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla — Several groups met Friday night to make a strategy to convince the Broward County School Board to overturn its rejection of a video promoting diversity.

The Broward County School Board’s diversity committee rejected the Anti-Defamation League-produced video, which features such popular children’s entertainment characters as Barney, Sesame Street characters and the Muppets singing the Sister Sledge hit song “We Are Family.”


“The community is really outraged and shocked that the diversity committee would reject such a simple video with Sesame Street characters singing about the importance of being kind and tolerant of each other. For the diversity committee to reject a video that teaches diversity is crazy. It’s as though the fire department would reject using water because it puts out fires. Anybody who sees this video with Barney and Big Bird and cartoon characters singing about kindness and family, there’s nothing controversial about it,” Stratton Pollitzer, of Equality Florida, said.

The school spokesperson would not comment, except to say that the school board will take up the issue in the near future.

Broward is one of five counties nationwide to reject the video.