Political Agenda gets in way... or is it the point?
Watching my kids choose an episode of Xavier Riddle, I was disappointed by several things, the following are illustrative:
First, I was shocked to see the name Caesar Chavez, a Labor Activist, amongst the shows [which I looked up immediately after the show they watched about Rosa Parks an american hero, (more on that in a bit). I found out it was about Organizing, i.e. organized labor. See more here - https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/UsefulNotes/CesarChavez They called it "teamwork". ] I am not sure I would call that an objective view of what organizing means, and whether issues of class struggle is appropriate for impressionable youth. Following the show, I had a talk with my kids about watching this show.
The show about Rosa Parks, was a lost opportunity, and had some not so subtle elements that confused the message with inappropriate emotional content. What it did to well, it could have been better, had it stuck to the main idea, which was about standing up to a system of racial segregation and that "separate but equal is not equal." Instead (i) it was an oversimplified discourse on general discrimination against people of color, and not about the remaining vestiges of slavery and racial segregation, which is not generic. (ii) The cartoon, took the opportunity to portray a "white" mean boy on roller skates, as the expression of such hate in the South, but it you were to look at it from a child that knows nothing of the history, they would be unable to distinguish between - the hoodlums he was supposed to represent including (KKK and others) - and the regular white skinned boy who was a mean boy roller-skating rudely into Rosa Parks who stood her ground.
Such subtleties are not picked up by the kids and are reckless exaggerations that don't accomplish the goal, of fostering respect and acceptance of diversity, it instead, takes a buck shot, approach towards "mean boys" rather than an identifiable racist person.
This show effectively, misdirects the focus from segregation to racial bias by white people, not the system, which enforced it or the people that stood by and watched, or the people who flamed the fire of hatred and racism. This was a missed opportunity.
Second, the episode took the opportunity to portray Rosa Parks as and Xavier as seething with popular rage, and hatefulness toward the "mean boy" rather than righteous indignation. I think it did a disservice to the memory of Rosa Parks.
The emotional reaction of public outrage, and popular anger, and ultimate schadenfreude expressed by Xavier and (a sympathetic audience) "your child", when the boy falls after being stared down by the "Rosa Parks" character, should give a parent pause before allowing their child to swallow Junk Food for the mind, without digesting the subtle messages that the child is taking with the bathwater. Rosa Parks was about dignity, not schadenfreude or mob anger.