A mother has been left reeling after her three-year-old daughter was victim to a vicious racist attack during a trip to a local Disney event.
Rachel Muir took her daughter Samara, 3, to a Disney-themed children’s event at a local shopping center. Dressed as Queen Elsa from the animated film Frozen, Samara waited for two hours in line for a children’s snow pit.
But the day ended in tears when Samara was subjected to a spate of racial slurs from a mother and her two daughters waiting in line.
“The lady in front of us turned around to Samara and said ‘I don’t know why you’re dressed up for because Queen Elsa isn’t black’,” Ms Muir said.
“I asked the woman what she meant by the comment and then one of the woman’s young daughters screwed up her face, she pointed at Samara and said ‘you’re black and black is ugly’.”
Ms Muir said she was left stunned by the hateful comments. Samara burst into tears and hid her face behind her hands.
“I looked around the line and there were little girls of all different races lining up dressed as their favourite Disney characters,” Ms Muir said.
“We were in Melbourne, one of the most multicultural places in the world.
“I couldn’t believe it.”
Ms. Muir wrote a Facebook post about the incident which gained supporters from all around the world.
“The saddest part of it all is that racism is alive and well and the next generation are being subjected to it,” Ms Muir said. “Nobody is born into this world a racist. It is learnt behavior. It can be changed.”
The fact that racism is still a ‘thing’ is disgusting. The fact that a family would say such racist, hurtful comments to a child, truly takes the act of racism to an entirely different, sickening level.
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