Not the Happiest Place On Earth: Two Families Accuse Disneyland Characters of Racist Behavior Against Children
Disneyland is in deep trouble after two families have come forward claiming that actors at the Southern California theme park exhibited racist behavior when dealing with their children.
According to his parents, six-year-old Jason Black Jr. received discriminatory treatment when the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland refused to hug the African-American boy during his family trip back in August.
According to RT.com, Jason’s brother Elijan told KTLA news, “The rabbit was turning his back on me. Then I went up to try to hold his hand, but he kept on flicking my hand off.” The father also recalled their encounter with the Disney actor saying, “There were two other kids that came up, and the rabbit showered them… hugged them, kissed them, posed with them and took pictures. Meanwhile, that made my kids feel horrible.”
The family has sought out representation from Daniel Gilleon, an attorney with a San Diego firm that specializes in personal injury, employment law, and civil rights cases. The The Huffington Post reported that he will also be representing a second family that has come forward saying that a Donald Duck character ignored their five-year-old son Razzi White, while engaging with other children right in front of him.
The boy’s mother described the December 10 incident to ABC News, saying, “I was upset and hurt. He was very sad.”
Gilleon says his phone has been “ringing off the hook” since this information hit the press, with people offering similar claims against Disneyland as the Black and White families.