Disneyland White Rabbit Character Sued for Racism
Jason and Annelia Black are suing Disneyland, after claiming that their African American children were treated differently than the other kids who approached the reportedly racist White Rabbit character in Disneyland.
The Black children were trying to touch their favorite character in the Disneyland Park, but received a cold reception instead.
6-year-old Jason Black Jr. recounted his experience with the rabbit. “I went to hug him, but he turned his back,” the child recalled. “It’s made me feel sad because I wanted to really hug him.”
His older brother Elijah encountered the same rebuff when he tried to hold the White Rabbit’s hand, only to be pushed away.
While the parents of the children were curious about the behavior, they thought that it was a general no-touching policy in the park. However, they were irked after observing that the White Rabbit had no problems hugging other white children in the park.
“The rabbit … hugged them, kissed them, posed with them and took pictures,” the parents said incredulously. “Meanwhile, that made my kids feel horrible.”
After complaining to the park, the Black family was offered VIP passes, as well as $500 to sign a confidentiality agreement. The family declined, however, and are instead, asking Disneyland for a public apology, as well as the termination of the employment of the White Rabbit.
“It would be inappropriate to comment on something that we have not seen,” Suzi Brown, Director of Media Relations at Disneyland said in a statement. “We carefully review all guest claims.”