LANGHORNE, Pa. (CBS) – Sesame Place has announced a series of actions to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. It followed several allegations of favoritism against Black children.
The news, announced late Tuesday afternoon, comes amid continued public outcry against boycotting families.
Sesame Place has released a racially equitable review following allegations of bias after a The video is currently going viral sparked protests and called for a boycott of the Bucks County amusement park.
The girls’ families allege the costume character Rosita sneaked on Black girls during a parade on July 16.
Jodi Brown, who shared the experience on Instagram, said the character beat up a child and a white woman, then signaled “no” and walked away from her daughter and granddaughter, people who are reaching out to hug and hug.
In the days that followed, a The Baltimore family filed a class-action lawsuit allegations of widespread discrimination against parent company SeaWorld. They say the video shows four Sesame Place characters ignoring 5-year-old Kennedi Burns during her visit over Father’s Day weekend.
In a statement released Tuesday, Sesame Place said the fair review will be chaired by national civil rights experts. It will also include mandatory anti-bias training for all employees by the end of September, along with improvements to the current diversity program.
“The actions we are taking will help us deliver on our promise of providing an equal and inclusive experience for all our guests,” said the president of Sesame Place.
The Bucks County diversity officer will also review park policies after all litigation has been resolved.
“It’s absolutely not just on our radar,” said Bucks County project and classification director, Bernard Griggs Jr. said.
Brown and her attorney will meet with SeaWorld’s CEO on Thursday. Civil rights leaders will also be present at that meeting.
“We acknowledge SeaWorld’s recent response to public requests made by Rainbow PUSH, NAACP, Until Freedom and others, stemming from the July 16 incident at Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. . On Thursday, August 11, the parents of Skylar and Nylah will accompany me to a meeting with SeaWorld’s CEO, Marc Swanson, along with Bishop Jesse Jackson, and other leaders. We hope that the previously scheduled meeting will address the shortcomings we have noted from this most recent press release. We will provide a more detailed statement after this meeting,” said attorney B’Ivory LaMarr.
CBS3’s Ross DiMattei contributed to this report.