Lawyer Speaks on Behalf of Brown Family Regarding Sesame Place Video |

Children’s theme park Sesame Place is facing new charges of racial discrimination. A Baltimore family is now suing the amusement park’s parent company, SeaWorld, for $25million after a father alleged his daughter was ignored by several costumed characters at a meet-and-greet event in June. This lawsuit comes after a separate incident where a video went viral of a Sesame Place character ignoring two young black girls during a parade. The two children’s mother and aunt, Jodi Brown, posted the clip on social media, where many people were genuinely outraged by the character’s actions during the fun. respond to the incident, apologizing to the family and saying they will be conducting training for their employees to help create a better experience for guests. Ivory LaMarr. NEWSY’S ROB NELSON: Hello sir. Thank you for giving us some time today. B’IVORY LAMARR: Hello. Thank you for hosting me. NELSON: You’ve seen the national reaction to this now viral video. You see this family in another incident is now taking their issues to court in a class action lawsuit. I’m just curious, where do you want this to go now? What is the next step from your point of view? LAMARR: Well, as we’ve argued from the very beginning, our goal was to effect change. We want to make sure other families don’t have the same issues with Sesame Place theme park on their various visits. One of the first things we demand, or demand and demand, is that there be an end to the individual, the character. Second, we would like a real and genuine apology. We believe there is no way to effect real change unless you really come out and acknowledge that this specific act was racism. Third, we want the theme park to pick up and be responsible for compensatory damages related to the mental therapy, pain and suffering this family has suffered. Now we think all of these things can be done without a trial. We were in dialogue with Sesame Place and we were making progress. Again, I want to clarify that our approach is completely different and apart from what the other family in Baltimore has done so far. SEE MORE: Black Family Sues Sesame Place, Alleging DiscriminationNEWSY’S ALEX LIVINGSTON: When this happened and the video went viral, did you expect this kind of massive influx of people saying, “Hey, wait a minute. C also happened to my children.” We mentioned the other family that will be suing Sesame Place. So, did you expect this? Or, I mean, it’s kind of hard to imagine that’s something that’s rampant, isn’t it? But did you expect that to happen since, you know, other people present the video the same way. LAMARR: Yeah, I mean, I think my office in particular has already received hundreds of videos from different incidents that have happened over, you know, even a few years. So, again, I think it was planned. That’s why it’s very important, and we think the quickest way to address this issue was to engage in dialogue. Let’s see some policy changes. We have the Congressional Black Caucus now requesting a meeting. I met Reverend Jesse Jackson yesterday afternoon and we discussed ways and solutions to make sure this doesn’t happen again. So the involvement of the NAACP, many other social and political organizations are involved. Hey, we’re looking to heal. We want to maintain the integrity of this complaint. I believe my clients, Jodi Brown and, as you see the two six-year-old girls, Nyla and Skylar, I think are very clear examples of racism. But we want to make sure it’s not watered down or compromised in any way with claims that might not be as viable. federal lawsuit. You see what can be achieved by other means. But when you talk about getting a response from, SeaWorld, or Sesame Street, I’m curious if you’ve been even remotely happy with the response so far? And then on this idea of ​​training workers, explain to me why someone who works on Sesame Street as a costumed character needs to be trained not to ignore black children? Either you know how to do this job or you don’t. What is the aspect of training to teach what should be common sense and common humanity? LAMARR: I would totally agree. I think some things you can’t train for and

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