Bridgeport mother joins $25M class action lawsuit against Legoland Theme Park
A Bridgeport mother has joined a $25 million class action lawsuit against Legoland Theme Park in Goshen New York and Sesame Place in Philadelphia.
Breana Ramsey claims her 2-year-old daughter and 4-year-old nephew were ignored by characters at Legoland in Goshen who instead chose to interact with white children nearby. She posted an Instagram video of the incident on June 14.
The video shows 2-year-old Raelynn in the foreground dancing by herself and James, Ramsey’s 4-year-old nephew.
"The employee bent down to a white child in the video and tried to interact with the kids, skipped over my daughter and my nephew. Went around to another white child behind them and engaged with them,” she described.
"It's very sad to see. I was in disbelief. I had to stop recording and I had to call somebody, and I was like, is this normal? Is this what you see at parks. I was so shocked."
Ramsay says it's still hard for her to believe this kind of "shameless overt racism is occurring against children."
"The children are now seeking therapy to explain to them what racism is, what discrimination is, and the parents are not equipped, alone, to do that,” said attorney Darnell Crosland. “When you have kids that are impacted by this type of behavior, it's very important for them to have therapy.”
He says incidents like these are nothing new, citing how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously recounted the pain he felt watching his daughter cry while explaining Black kids were not at that time permitted in theme parks.
Crosland says both Legoland and Sesame Place have apologized and pledged to retrain their workers.
Sesame Place issued a statement regarding the incident: "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."