‘Woke’ Congressional Black Caucus wants sit down with Sesame Place over ‘glaring examples of racism’

The Congressional Black Caucus has asked for a sit-down with the Sesame Place Philadelphia boss over what it considers “glaring examples” of racism at the venue.

The theme park has found itself in the center of controversy after a video went viral that depicted the costumed character Rosita allegedly snubbing two young black children.

Sesame Place apologized for the incident that made headlines, but claimed, in part, that “the Rosita performer did not intentionally ignore the girls and is devastated about the misunderstanding.”

The park invited the family back “for a special meet-and-greet opportunity with our characters.”

In a follow-up social media message, Sesame Place apologized again, adding that employees will go through inclusiveness training. It has separately described what happened as “unacceptable.”

“We sincerely apologize to the family for their experience in our park on Saturday; we know that it’s not OK. We are taking actions to do better. We are committed to making this right. We will conduct training for our employees so they better understand, recognize and deliver an inclusive, equitable and entertaining experience to our guests,” the apology stated.

The way these situations usually play out includes more groveling expressions of remorse along with the hiring of a diversity consultant.

In the meantime, the family has reportedly lawyered up.

As alluded to above, according to Chad Pergram, the Fox News’ congressional reporter, the CBC appears to be unsatisfied with the response so far.

“Congressional Black Caucus ‘is requesting an audience with Sesame Place Park President & General Manager Cathy Valeriano to discuss the changes, plans of action, and training the park plans to implement.’ CBC says ‘Over the past week, we’ve seen multiple glaring examples of racism coming from the park, including the viral video in which two beautiful little Black girls were blatantly rejected by a character they idolized while white children were embraced,'” Pergram wrote on Twitter.

The Fox News correspondent was apparently quoting from a statement published on the CBC website on Saturday about what it deemed “abhorrent behavior” at the theme park.

The group’s press release also asserted that “Sesame Street is one of the nation’s highest-rated TV shows that, at one time, more than 95 percent of all American Preschoolers watched. So, naturally, Sesame Place should be where all children can go to have fun and celebrate. Sadly, that has not been the case…The show reaches young children in all demographics, with a particular impact on economically disadvantaged children, and families of color should know they will be welcomed at any institution that carries the Sesame Street name…”

Many Twitter users have concluded that federal lawmakers have more pressing priorities to address. Here is just a sample:

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