A San Diego family is suing Disneyland, alleging that an employee in a rabbit costume at the popular amusement park is racist.
Fox5SanDiego.com reports that the Black family was on a trip to the Anaheim park in August when 6-year-old Jason Black Jr. 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 family filed a lawsuit against Disneyland, claiming that their 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 Fox5SanDiego.com his family observed the rabbit hugging, kissing and taking pictures with two white kids who approached the rabbit moments later.
After filing a complaint, the family was offered VIP passes, which they reportedly declined.