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February 8, 2013
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Family sues Disneyland, Calls ‘White Rabbit’ Racist

A San Diego family is suing Disneyland, claiming that a theme park character ignored their children because they are black.   The family, Jason and Annelia Black claimed that the actor in the costume of the ‘White Rabbit’ character from Alice in Wonderland ignored the couple’s two sons and their cousins, who are black, during a trip in August, but after ignoring them, showed affection to a group of white children.   “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,” the family’s attorney, Dan Gilleon, told the NY Daily News.   The family complained to Disneyland management who offered them VIP passes but they were not satisfied with that offer. They want a public apology and for the employee to be fired in order to ensure “this doesn’t happen to another family,” says Jason Black Sr.   The family hired an attorney after months of battling, when Disney asked them to sign a confidential waiver in exchange for $500, and are now asking Disney to review surveillance footage of the incident.   [via Examiner]

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