After videos surfaced of characters at Sesame Place ignoring Black children, the Philadelphia-area theme park is now instituting diversity initiatives

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FILE - Big Bird is shown on a sign near an entrance to Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa., Dec. 26, 2019. Sesame Place announced on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, the implementation of diversity and inclusion training for its employees following a $25 million class-action lawsuit alleging multiple incidents of discrimination after outcry sparked from a video of a costumed character snubbing two 6-year-old Black girls went viral online. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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According to CNN, Sesame Place released a statement that all employees will undergo diversity training:

“Initiatives include a comprehensive racial equity assessment, the development and implementation of an anti-bias training and education program, and enhancements to ensure a best-in-class diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) program.”

On July 16, the viral video of Jodi Brown’s daughter and niece being passed over and seemingly rejected by a beloved Sesame Street character caused other families to share similar videos. Last month, according to the Associated Press, a father named Quinton Burns filed a lawsuit against Sesame Place for racial discrimination.


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