**This is a rather person discussion story**
This particular episode was about Ravi's first day of school at an American school. So there we are, watching all the randomness of the kids when all of a sudden, the volume turns off...I have no idea what's going on so I look over to my brother and I saw that he had muted it.
"Why did you mute it?" I asked him.
He shrugged, not meeting my eyes, looking uncomfortable. "I just don't want to see it. I don't like it."
It took me a while to realize that it was the time where Ravi's brother, Luke, was yelling at him, telling him they weren't brothers and all. I realized that my brother felt bad for Ravi. He didn't like hearing Ravi be yelled at and it made me wonder if my brother had ever been bullied at school? I was bulled a lot during elementary school and middle school because I didn't look like all the kids and I was smart (my nick name quickly became "teacher's pet") and to say that I didn't like it was an understatement.
It made me stronger in the long run, but during those days of school? I hated school. I dreaded going to class because I didn't want people to make fun if me. Yeah, I had friends and all, but I still did not want to go to school. And then I began thinking about how the only thing that really made school better for me was books, especially books with culturally different characters.
It still bugs me that my brother had to mute the TV so he didn't have to hear a kid he identified with get bullied. This is Disney Channel for crying out loud! Then I realized that while Disney Channel has changed drastically and they do have diversity, there is a long way to get for things to really change.
I want to know what you think. Do you think there is enough diversity? Do you want to see more diversity, not only in books but in other media formats too?