Black family snubbed at Sesame Place Philadelphia calls on park owners to turn incident into ‘teachable moment’

The family of the two young Black girls who appeared to be ignored by a dressed-up figure at Sesame Place Philadelphia in a viral video 

last week increased pressure on the theme park on Saturday to utilise the incident as a "teachable moment" about racism.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, which owns Sesame Place, and the corporation to apologise after the latter's recent spate of statements that the family believed lacked sincerity.

The onus is on you, SeaWorld," said human rights lawyer Ben Crump. "Our neighbourhood will be steadfast in support of our kids.

Last weekend, the incident made global headlines after a Sesame Place employee in costume as Rosita the Muppet was caught on camera 

appearing to decline to give high fives to two Black 6-year-old girls during a parade.

A boycott of Sesame Place was demanded after New Yorker Jodi Brown tweeted the video of her daughter and niece.

Sesame Place promised to meet with the family and their attorneys in person to apologise, according to a statement made following the news conference.