Sesame Place To Hold Racial Bias Training Amid Discrimination Lawsuit

SeaWorld-owned Philadelphia theme park Sesame Place is facing more backlash after recent incidents of alleged racial bias. On Thursday (August 11), ABC WPVI Philadelphia reported that Seaworld CEO Marc Swanson will meet with Rev. Jesse Jackson and the family of two 6-year-old girls who were seen in a viral video being ignored by costumed character, Rosita, during a July parade. In the clip, Rosita was seen waving off the two girls before proceeding on with the theme park parade.

The meeting comes two weeks after a $25 million class-action lawsuit was filed against SeaWorld Parks, alleging multiple occurrences of discrimination against guests of color. In the federal lawsuit, Baltimore resident Quinton Burns accused several characters of “intentionally” refusing to interact with his 5-year-old daughter, Kennedi Burns, and other Black guests.

On Tuesday (August 9) the park announced that a series of racial bias trainings ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion would be held until the end of September. Developed by multiple civil rights educators, the initiative will be added into company onboarding, as well as becoming an integral part of training and workforce development.

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