Racist Donald Duck Ignored Son at Disneyland, Black Family Claims

Monday, 11 Feb 2013 04:34 PM

By Michael Mullins

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A week after an African-American family filed a suit against Disneyland claiming the white rabbit in “Alice in Wonderland" ignored their sons, another African-American family is now claiming the San Diego theme park's Donald Duck impersonator ignored their son because of his race.

In an interview with ABC News affiliate 10 News, the family discussed the encounter in which they claimed their 5-year-old son Razzi White was ignored by a Donald Duck impersonator despite the child's overt attempt to hug him.

"He was sitting there with his arms open, saying, 'Donald, Donald!'" said Nastasia White, the boy's mother.

The duck continued to ignore the boy and deliberately moved away from the child, White said, opting to play with a baby in a nearby stroller.

White said she then stood with her son on a short line to make sure he got in a photo with the character, but he was still ignored. As she walked away with her son, she said she saw the duck embracing white children who were behind them in line.

When 10 News asked her if she could have misinterpreted the situation, White replied, "I didn't because it was done in a blatant and ugly way."

Since the incident, the White family hired attorney Dan Gilleon, who last week announced a lawsuit involving a similar case against Disneyland. In the other lawsuit, Gilleon’s clients allege a white rabbit impersonator from "Alice in Wonderland" refused to hug two African-American children because of the color of their skin.

In the white rabbit incident, which allegedly occurred last August, 6-year-old Jason Black and his older brother Elijah were ignored after attempting to hug and hold the character’s hand, the lawsuit states.

"I was going to hug him but he turned his back," Jason Black told Fox News local Arizona affiliate KSAZ.

"The rabbit was turning his back on him like he didn't even want to touch him, I went up to try to hold his hand but he kept on flicking my hand off," Elijah Black said, adding that the rabbit was his favorite character from “Alice in Wonderland.”

Responding to his client's complaints, Gilleon said he plans to subpoena Disney for the surveillance footage from both incidents.

"I've gotten many emails and voicemails that I'm looking into. What this tells me is this isn't an isolated incident. It doesn't mean Disneyland is racist, but they have some people in the company who aren't playing by the rules and are being discriminatory," GIlleon told 10 News.

Reacting to the allegations, Disney said it was surprised the complaints involved race, considering the initial complaint made no mention of discrimination and only claimed the children were ignored.

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