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article imageWas Donald Duck racist? Another family sues Disneyland

By JohnThomas Didymus     Feb 10, 2013 in Lifestyle
Dan Gilleon, the lawyer representing a family that claimed they were discriminated against by the White Rabbit at the Disneyland park says another family has come forward saying the Disneyland character Donald Duck snubbed them because they are black.
Nastasia White said she and her husband took their son, Ryder, to Disneyland to celebrate his birthday in December. White said they were having a good time at the park until Razzi White, 5, walked up to an actor in Donald Duck costume, saying he wanted to snap a photo with the character.
According to the family, Donald Duck snubbed Razzi while he played with other white children. Nastasia White told ABC 10 News that the person in Donald Duck costume repeatedly ignored requests to take a photo with their children Razzi, 5, and Ryder, 2, while he played with white children at the park.
White said: "He was sitting there with his arms open, saying, 'Donald, Donald!'" But when Razzi went up to him he walked away to play with a white baby in a stroller.
White said that at first they thought it was a coincidence. So they waited for Razzi's turn to play with Donald. The family said they waited so long that the parents of the white baby noticed and told Donald to play with Razzi, but Donald continued to snub the child. According to Nastasia, when she repeated her request to Donald to pose for a photo with Razzi, he snubbed them once again and went to a white girl on a bench and hugged her.
The family said at that point they got the message and moved on. When they turned back to look, they saw Donald hugging and playing with several white children who had been waiting behind Razzi.
Nastasia said: "I was upset and hurt. He was very sad."
She told ABC 10 that Razzi asked her: "Why didn't Donald want to take a picture with me?" Nastasia said she could not answer her son because she felt so humiliated that "Inside, I wanted to cry. This was discrimination."
She claims that Donald's behavior was so brazen that it was impossible that the family misread the situation. She said: "I didn't [misread the situation] because it was done in a blatant and ugly way."
Nastasia claimed that Disney officials tried to silence the family by asking them to sign a statement absolving Disney of wrongdoing in exchange for VIP passes worth $500.
According to Dan Gilleon, the attorney representing the family, the Whites are suing Disney for violating "California's Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination based on race, sex and other qualities."
Gilleon said the incident was caught on security video. He says he plans to subpoena Disney for it.
Nastasia White's complaint comes soon after Jason and Annelia Black of San Diego, claimed their children and cousins were ignored by someone dressed as the White Rabbit character from "Alice in Wonderland" at the Disneyland park in August, NY Daily News reports. According to the Blacks, the costumed character blatantly ignored their children while he played with white and Asian families and their children.
KTLA reports that the Blacks claimed that when one of their sons attempted to hug the rabbit, he turned his back abruptly. When the other child tried to hold his hand he shook it free and went off.
The Huffington Post reports Jason Black Sr., said: "Our first instinct was okay, maybe they have new policies, maybe they aren't supposed to touch the kids. So then, you know, we stood by and we just watched."
Black Sr. continued: “There was two other [white] kids that came up, and the rabbit showered them... hugged them, kissed them, posed with them and took pictures. Meanwhile, that made my kids feel horrible."
According to the Daily Mail, Disney officials said they did not believe the complaint by the Blacks was due to racism. They said it was only a case of a child being ignored and that the character's behavior was not due to racial prejudice. Disney also did not say whether the incidents involved the same person in different costumes on separate occasions.
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