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By Latin Times Staff, Feb 07, 2013 05:06 PM EST
(PHOTO CREDIT: YouTube) The White Rabbit of the Anaheim, Calif., Disneyland is accused of racism
The family of Jason and Annelia Black are suing Disneyland when its park actor in a White Rabbit costume refused to hold their children for a portrait in front of the camera.
Accusing the actor for racism for refusing to touch their children, the family even presented comparison pictures that showed the Anaheim, Calif., amusement park's White Rabbit from "Alice in Wonderland" giving hugs to white children in other occasions.
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6-year-old Jason Black Jr. looked forward to what was meant to be a memorable family trip. Approaching his favorite character at the park, Jason Black Jr. was rejected by his hero. "I went to hug him, but he turned his back. It's made me feel sad because I wanted to really hug him."
What's more, older brother Elijah went to hold the Disney rabbit's hand. This time, Elijah was pushed away.
"The rabbit was turning his back on him like he didn't event want to touch him," Elijah recalled what the White Rabbit had done to his brother. "I went up to try to hold his hand but he kept on flicking my hand off."
Initially, the family assumed that the actor was working under a "no touch" policy that forbids the actor from physical contact with park visitors. However, Jason Black Sr. later saw the same actor hugging and kissing the white children."
"The rabbit ... hugged them, kissed them, posed with them and took pictures. Meanwhile, that made my kids feel horrible," told Black Sr. to the local CBS2 Los Angeles news station.
Could an actor playing the White Rabbit be racist?
Disneyland is being sued by Jason and Annelia Black, who say their African-American children were treated differently than white kids who approached the "Alice in Wonderland" character for hugs and pictures at the Anaheim, Calif., amusement park.
Older brother Elijah reportedly then tried to hold the rabbit's hand, but was pushed away. At first, Jason Black Sr. thought perhaps a new "no touch" policy had been implemented in the park, until he observed the same character hugging the white children who approached him around the same time.
Black told local news station CBS2 Los Angeles that the White Rabbit had behaved warmly with the white children: "The rabbit ... hugged them, kissed them, posed with them and took pictures. Meanwhile, that made my kids feel horrible."
In response to the horrible complaint, Disneyland immediately offered the family VIP passes as an apology. The family did not accept. According to CBS2, the family was also offered a $500 confidentiality agreement, which the family declined as well. The Blacks demanded that Disney conduct a formal public apology and to terminate the actor that portrayed the White Rabbit.