White RabbitLooks like the happiest place on Earth isn’t so happy after all.  Disneyland has always had the reputation of being one of the happiest places in the world, with children and their big kid parents flocking to their theme parks in droves each year.  But for one family, a trip to Disneyland turned out to be anything but happy.

Jason and Annelia Black of San Diego County are suing Disneyland after they say the actor who portrayed the white rabbit from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ refused to touch their child because of race.  The couple is also accusing the Disneyland actor of behaving impatiently while interacting with their children, but being extremely patient and affectionate while interacting with white children.  At first the Blacks say they thought that maybe Disneyland had instated a new policy in which actors were no longer allowed to touch children, but after watching for a while they realized something was up.

According to Jason Black Sr.:

“There were two other kids that came up. The rabbit showered them. Hugged them, kissed them, posed with them, and took pictures.  Meanwhile, that made my kids feel horrible.”

The couple’s two children, 9-year-old Elijah and 6-year-old Jason echoed their father’s feelings when they described how the white rabbit treated them:

“I was going to hug him, but he turned his back and that made me sad because I really wanted to hug him,” 6-year-old Jason Black recalled.  As for Elijah, he says “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.”

Jason and Annelia said they filed a complaint with Disneyland officials once they noticed the difference in how the white rabbit related to white children and black children.  However, Disneyland’s response to the situation wasn’t what they expected.  The couple says they were offered VIP passes and $500, but did not want to return to Disneyland and turned down the gifts. In addition, the family says they were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement in exchange for more tickets.

The Black family says they aren’t looking to profit from this unfortunate incident, instead all they want is for the person in the white rabbit costume to be fired and a public apology from Disneyland.

If the allegations are true, sounds like the Black family request is more than reasonable.

Thoughts?

  • Sasha

    Welcome to America: land of stupid, frivolous lawsuits where everyone’s looking for a payday when an apology would suffice instead.

  • Toni

    I hope they snapped pictures.video of the white rabbit’s interactions with the other children…

  • LiL

    Why do you keep referring to the rabbit’s color??
    The rabbit’s color has NOTHING to do with the person inside the costume.

    It’s distracting from the story and irrelevant.

  • http://melodymoose.deviantart.com/ Catpopstar

    But they did not want money.

  • Kate

    The white rabbit is the name of the character, not a description. It was perfectly appropriate to refer to the white rabbit as the white rabbit, and helps to differentiate between that character and other rabbit characters that could have been around.

  • infinity88

    lol Thats the name of character. The rabbit is white… literally.

  • Anonin

    Its been a while since ive watched alice in wonderland so correct me if im wrong

    But isnt the characters name white rabbit?

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    Is the picture above one of their actual kid and the racist rabbit in question?

  • infinity88

    lmao! The character is called the “white rabbit,” literally.

  • Lee Lee

    The rabbit’s name from Alice in Wonderland is the “White Rabbit”.

  • EAO

    Your point is invalid because an apology is exactly what they are asking for so…….try again.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    As others have said, that is what his character is referred too (except during the Tim Burton Adaption). But life is stranger than fiction. Honestly, I don’t blame the family. If you harbor those feeling and don’t want to touch, interact with or associate with ALL children then this job wasn’t for them! Even the picture (if that is the child) looks very awkward!

  • ziggy

    I feel really bad for those children. I know how it feels and it hurts. I live in a city where there aren’t a lot of black people. I’ve been consistently ignored and treated differently. I can’t even get angry anymore. Sad times.

  • Ooh La La

    Sounds like typical behavior of Disneyland to try to keep this story under wraps. Bribes with VIP passes or whatever else isn’t going to cut it. I live 5 miles away from Disneyland and I’d have a hard time trying to find another black person around any part of orange county. But I can tell you this is not the first time I’ve heard of shady behavior on their part.

  • Rochelle

    Wasn’t Disney a racist? I believe he was an open racist. A lot of Disney cartoons have very sutle and blantant racism. I wonder why parent let there children watch crap like “The Princess and the Frog.” Blacks should not support Disney Land or World. Just like they should not support Denny’s. They should not be surprised by this treatment either. I hope they get paiddddddd!

  • Anonin

    You live 5 miles away too???! I moved to Anaheim to be closer to my college Orange Coast since I used to live in long beach (horrible horrible bus ride exps) and I cant stand Orange county.

    blacks really dont belong here unless we start moving here in greater numbers because its mostly just mexicans whites and concentrations of asians but honestly i didnt think this would be a problem with disneyland its a tourist spot all kinds of people are there

    Why hire someone to be a mascot if they wont accept kids of all colors wtf? Too much money to pay to feel shunned by the rabbit

  • http://gravatar.com/chanela17 chanela17

    so so so their last name is blacks…… the article refers to them as “the blacks” and it’s a white rabbit refusing to *touch* the kids?! LMAOOOOO

  • http://gravatar.com/chanela17 chanela17

    whoa whoa whoa what’s wrong with denny’s?

  • LemonNLime

    This happened to me and my sister as kids. We saw Micky and ran over to get a picture with him but he ignored us but some white kids came up and he started acting all fun again. We were like “mommy daddy Micky is racist” and they were like ” he is a rat and you’re too amazing to be taking pictures with rats anyway”. We were like YOU’RE RIGHT and then we went back to Epcot which is better anyway.

  • Wanda

    Do they have any of this on video?

  • Ooh La La

    I recently moved here for my job from further inland where I saw more people like me, and honestly it’s a bit of a culture shock. That’s why I’m saying Disneyland should be no different since all of Orange County seems as if blacks don’t belong here. Even with tourists, all races are represented except black people – Mostly Asians, Europeans… a very small number of blacks though.

  • SunshineFriday

    Experienced this with Goofy when my family went when me and my sister were kids. He totally ignored uswhen we called him and I was gonna run after him to get his attention thinking he hadnt heard us and my dad stopped me and said this Joker is prejudiced and lives up to his name! Shame Shame on Disney but not a surprise!

  • i mean

    And that’s why we go to DisneyWorld

  • http://www.beyondblackwhite.com Christelyn Russell-Karazin

    This is extremely sad. As a mom of four, if I saw some gigantic stuffed rabbit snubbing my children and CLEARLY treating them differently I would have a fit too. Glad they have some photo evidence of how the rabbit treated their babies. Silly rabbit.

  • Danielle

    Your comment makes me so glad we decided to move to a more diverse neighborhood. We did it for our children. We didn’t want them to feel this way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nieshag Niesha Gourdine

    … this don’t make no sense.. but why am I not surprised??

  • Sherelle

    Try Google

  • marie

    Epcot is owned by Disney.

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