Family Sues Disneyland for 'Racist Rabbit' Who Wouldn't Hug Their Children (VIDEO)

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jason annelia blackDisneyland is supposed to be one of the most magical places on Earth, but one family's recent trip there allegedly went from happy to heartbreaking, due to the behavior of the park employee who plays the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.

Jason and Annelia Black brought their two little boys, 6-year-old Jason, Jr., 9-year-old Elijah, and their cousins to the theme park on August 11. When Jason, Jr. went to hug the rabbit, he reportedly turned his back on him. Then, when Elijah tried to "hold his hand," the rabbit "kept on flicking" the little boy's hand off, he says. Jason and Annelia say that after the incident, the rabbit then proceeded to "shower" affection on a group of white children. Now, they've filed a lawsuit against Disneyland, because they believe their children were discriminated against by the person portraying the rabbit because they are black.

Okay, so, perhaps it was a misunderstanding. Maybe the guy had to go to the bathroom or was headed out on his break and just was like, "Sorry, kids, brb!" But eehhh ... I'm not sure. For one thing, it sounds like it was right after the snub that the white family came along. The boys' father, Jason Black, Sr., said:

Our first instinct was, okay, maybe they have new policies, maybe they aren't supposed to touch the kids anymore so then we stood by and we watched. There were two other kids that came up and the rabbit showered them, hugged kissed them, posed with them, meanwhile that made my kids feel horrible.

Aaaannnnd get this ... In light of the complaint, the park offered the Black family VIP passes worth $500 in exchange for signing a settlement, but they turned them down, says the family's attorney, Dan Gilleon. If that's true, it sounds like Disney was either a.) not taking the complaint seriously and/or b.) acting like they had something to hide. Maybe they were just hoping the family would be happy with the $500 passes and go away. Ugh.

Instead, what they'd really like and what it sounds like they deserve is a public apology and Disneyland to fire the rabbit.

The bottom-line seems to boil down to something Gilleon told the New York Daily News

Regardless of whether the guy in the costume was a racist -- I don't know who he is or if he’s white -- the way he behaved, he was treating my clients differently. And the only thing that was different about them was that they were black.

Call it whatever you want, but the actions the Black family and their attorney are describing sound downright discriminatory. And if the story really did play out as they described, a public apology and the firing of this employee is the LEAST they should be asking for.

Here's the local news report on the sensitive suit ...

 

What do you make of this case?

 

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sand008 sand008

I'm so tired of hearing these stories. Stop playing the" race card." All of that is based on the assumption of the parents, and no I'm not white.

Coles... Coles_mom

This family is trash and is trying to make their kids into "victims"....sheesh...their poor little sad pathetic feelings are hurt because a bunny didn't want to hug them. They even said they stood around to watch and see if the bunny hugged white kids. I mean, wth?!?!? Maybe their kids were sticky from candy or jumping around like hooligans or maybe they were just LOOKING for something to get offended about. 

nonmember avatar su

This is the dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life... a racist Disney character. Give me a freaking break.

Mom2f... Mom2fourlove

They are not wrong in this situation and I'm WHITE. They we clearly discriminated against and they don't even want money what they want sounds reasonable to me.

nonmember avatar Stacey

What makes you think they don't want money? Yeah they turned down park passes because they want cash and alot of it. It's pretty easy to pull the race card and make a quick buck these days..I go out all the time with my daughter who is white and my mixed niece and when we go in a resturant the black employees will always pay attention to my niece and completely ignore my daughter maybe i should start speaking to lawyers but then again i don't have the ncaap to back me up and suck ppl dry over the dumbest shit

lobus lobus

Wow. The first posters seem racist themselves. Have yall even see the photos? The character was clasping his hands to avoid touching the black girl. Sorry but thats messed up. You dont pay tons of money to be made to feel like shit for whatever reason by hired people who are there specifically to make you feel welcome.

lobus lobus

Wow. The first posters seem racist themselves. Have yall even see the photos? The character was clasping his hands to avoid touching the black girl. Sorry but thats messed up. You dont pay tons of money to be made to feel like shit for whatever reason by hired people who are there specifically to make you feel welcome.

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Most white people just don't understand...

Angie... AngieHayes

You know, people have been rude to me, and my children before... but I never thought because I was white.. They really are not teaching there children good lessons here, "they were hugging the white kids but not us"... 

lobus lobus

Angie, maybe because you are white and you dont really experience racism. Im white. And i think its horrid that some people actually think racism is dead. Its not. So many people still hate other people just because of their skin. And its rampant here in the south. The guy in the costume is probably some young redneck who needed a job and i wouldnt doubt it a bit if he were racist!

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