Baltimore Family Files $25 Million Lawsuit Against Sesame Place Over Another Alleged Incident of Discrimination – CBS Philly

LANGHORNE, Dad. (CBS) — Sesame Place is facing a $25 million class action lawsuit over how the costume characters allegedly treat young, black children. A law firm has filed the lawsuit on behalf of a Baltimore family.

They also released a new video of characters allegedly beating other black kids at the Bucks County amusement park.

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The video follows the now viral video posted nearly two weeks ago by a family in New York who says a character from Sesame Place ignored two little girls.

“We stand here before you today and are just trying to fight and protect little black children and their basic civil rights,” said attorney Malcolm Ruff.

Attorneys for the Burns family of Baltimore have filed a class action lawsuit for widespread and appalling racial discrimination against Sesame Place and its parent company Sea World after a video shows what they believe are various costume characters snapping at a 5-year-old black girl in front of other white children. .

“She was ignored among a sea of ​​other young white kids who were able to interact, give hugs, give high fives,” Ruff said.

Those attorneys say Quinton Burns contacted their firm after seeing the now viral video in which a New York mom claims her black daughter and niece were passed over at a parade in favor of white kids in the crowd.

Lawyers say the Burns were discriminated against on Father’s Day, June 18, when they visited the Bucks County park and participated in a meet-and-greet with the characters.

Lawyers allege that four characters on Sesame Place deliberately refused to interact with Kennedi and other black guests in the park. They say there are videos to prove it.

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“Just looking at her face makes me cry every time I see it,” Burns said.

“Kennedi was forced to experience racism at age 5. This is unacceptable and we will not stand by and let this continue,” Ruff said.

Lawyers are seeking damages in excess of $25 million and are asking other families who may also have experienced bias to come forward.

“We want to punish Sea World because they know what happened was wrong and we are sure we will find out that this was indeed a pattern that they were aware of, they just didn’t care,” attorney Mart said. Harris.

Lawyers representing the New York family emphasize that they are not part of this lawsuit.

Sesame Place said it is taking action to review its practices to identify necessary changes.

Sesame Place responded to the lawsuit in a statement to Eyewitness News, saying, “We will review the lawsuit filed on behalf of Mr Burns. We look forward to addressing that claim through the established legal process. We are committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and entertaining experience for all of our guests.”

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Ryan Hughes and Alicia Roberts of CBS3 contributed to this report.

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