February 07th, 2013
(BlackMediaScoop) A San Diego family filed a lawsuit Monday against Disneyland over claims of racism.
In August 2012, Annelia Black and her family took a trip to Disneyland to celebrate her nephew’s birthday. Upon entering the gate, the White Rabbit — a character from “Alice and Wonderland” — greeted the family.
10News obtained a photo that was snapped of the smiling birthday boy next to the character. But moments earlier, the family said there was an odd exchange between the character and the child, who was reaching out.
“He held out his hand and the rabbit just spread his hands and didn’t take his hand,” said Annelia Black. Soon after, another photo was taken of Black’s 5-year-old son, Jason, next to the rabbit. Jason said he’s smiling in the photo, but not on the inside.
“I felt sad,” said Jason. He said he felt sadness because the White Rabbit was one of his favorite Disney characters. “I went to hug him, but he just turned his back,” the boy said. “I was like, ‘He wants to sit on your lap,’ and the rabbit just twirls his fingers,” said Annelia Black, who added that her niece got a chilly reception and so did her other son, 9-year-old Elijah.
“I was trying to pull his hand, but he kept trying to pull his hand out of my hand … I felt angry and sort of sad,” said Elijah. After the photos were taken, the family said they watched the rabbit shower the next two children — an Asian girl and a Caucasian boy — with kisses and hugs. That’s when the Blacks said family members started crying.