DISCRIMINATION: The White family is suing Disney for racist practices
AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN family has come forward with allegations that a Disneyland character reused to take a picture with them because they were black.
During a December trip to the world-famous children's theme park the White family said their son, Razzi, approached a performer in a Donald Duck costume for a picture but were snubbed. Instead the actor was said to have deliberately avoided the 5-year-old and "played with a white baby in a stroller" and another child sitting on a bench.
The child's mother Nastasia White told the Daily Mail: "He was sitting there with his arms open, saying, 'Donald, Donald!' I was upset and hurt. He was very sad."
She told reporters at ABC 10 News that Razzi asked her: ''Why didn't Donald want to take a picture with me?' Inside, I wanted to cry. This was discrimination. I didn't because it was done in a blatant and ugly way."
After she issued a formal complaint about the issue to park management, she was said to have been sent a letter offering her passes to the front of attraction lines in a bid to make up for her "disappointment."
The Whites are the second family to accuse the performers at of being Disneyland of racism, with the other family filing suit against the park on allegations that the White Rabbit had "ignored their sons, niece, and nephew".
Attorney Dan Gilleon, who is now representing both families, told the newspaper: "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 reportedly said he had sent a subpoena to Disney for CCTV of the incidents.