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CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE ABHORRENT BEHAVIOR DISPLAYED AT SESAME PLACE

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Washington, July 23, 2022 | comments

“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. 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. We know Sesame Place has issued a formal apology; however, given the gravity of this situation and lack of responsibility at all levels, the 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. Collectively, the Congressional Black Caucus represents 80 million Americans and 17 million Black Americans, and for many of those American Children, including members of our caucus, Sesame Street played an integral role in our childhood. 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. The Congressional Black Caucus has led the fight against discrimination at all levels for more than 50 years, including the protection and preservation of our children. We will continue to lead the charge to protect our children and fight for a more inclusive nation, of which we can all be proud," said Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Joyce Beatty. 
 
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