Sesame Place Owners Meet with Reverend Jesse Jackson – NBC Los Angeles

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Civil rights activists assured that “there was progress” in a meeting they held with the owners of Sesame Place in Bucks County, on the recent complaints of discrimination.

The activists, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, held a briefing Thursday afternoon outside Sesame Workshop in New York.

This meeting comes after a video surfaced showing a character on Sesame Place apparently spurning two young African-American women.

The family did not have a direct conversation with the CEO of SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the company that owns Sesame Place, but the other activists did. They said it was a step in the right direction to resolve the matter without litigation.

“It’s not just about an employee in a character outfit having an unfortunate run-in with two little girls on a summer afternoon,” Todd Yeary of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition said at Thursday’s briefing. “It’s really about what the environment is that creates the context in which that can happen with the world looking to see what the resolution might be.”

Another meeting is expected within the next two weeks.

Earlier this week, Sesame Place announced diversity and inclusion training for its employees.

That follows a $25 million class action lawsuit alleging multiple incidents of discrimination at the children’s theme park.


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