Sesame Place has heard all the outrage over the alleged racist contempt from some of their mascots – and now they’re rolling out a major action plan… with specific steps.
Park officials on Tuesday announced comprehensive initiatives to address what much of the public perceived as intentional discrimination when it came to black children … some of whom filmed not-so-pleasant encounters with costumed characters.
Among the things Sesame Place says it will implement … a comprehensive racial equity assessment to look at what their current policies require of staff members, as well as a new standard operating procedure for workers as well.
The evaluation, they say, will be carried out by internal and external stakeholders – including reputable leaders in the field, who will carry out this task to ensure that SP stays on track – and there will also be a mandatory anti-bias. a training and education program designed to ensure that all guests feel welcome, included, seen and treated equally, regardless of race.
Sesame Place says this training will be thorough and thoughtful, and will be part of the onboarding of all new employees going forward. To note — SP had previously told TMZ they were going to dive head first into this, and now…the next.
One last thing Sesame is committed to… ushering in what they call a top-notch Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) program with heavy hitters overseeing things. Some of the names they bring are Debo P. Adegbile, Joseph West and Sadiqa Reynolds — all of whom have decorated resumes stacked with experience lending to their expertise here.
Sesame Place definitely needed to tackle this issue in this way – as the scandal was only growing day by day and the fallout is still far from over. A good start, however.