Family Sues Disneyland, Claims Rabbit Character is 'Racist'

Published 02/07 2013 10:49AM

Updated 02/07 2013 10:52AM

A San Diego family is suing Disneyland, alleging that an employee in a rabbit costume at the popular amusement park is racist. reports that Jason Black Jr., 6, was on a trip with his family to the Anaheim park in August when he approached his favorite character, the White Rabbit.

"I went to hug him but he turned his back," Jason told the station. "It's made me feel sad because I wanted to really hug him."

His older brother, Elijah, said he tried to hold the character's hand, but the employee kept pushing his hand away, according to the report.

The Black family filed a lawsuit against Disneyland, claiming that the children were discriminated against by the person portraying the rabbit because they are black.

The boys' father, Jason LeRoy Black Sr., initially thought the park had implemented a new policy preventing the characters from touching children.

He told his family observed the rabbit hugging, kissing and taking pictures with two white kids who approached the rabbit moments later.

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