(WASHINGTON, DC) October 17, 2017: On Sunday, activist Tamika Mallory, who is the co-chair of the Women’s March, was flying from Miami back to her home in New York City. As an American Airlines platinum member Mallory exercised the benefits of her card by switching her middle seat to one in the aisle at a kiosk upon checking in. When she reached the gate, the attendant printed out her ticket, but it did not reflect the seat change. When Mallory tried to communicate the issue, the unexpected happened. From the combative, unprofessional attitude of the gate attendant to demeaning comments from the pilot, the down spiral of events ended with Mallory and her activist colleague getting kicked off the plane – an experience that has proven to be, yet again, another issue of discrimination and disrespect toward people of color.
Today, Mallory held a press conference at 10:30AM EST in New York, but first, she made time for an exclusive chat with NewsOne Now host, Roland Martin about her experience. In their conversation, Martin asked her what she wanted American Airlines to do. She responded, “I want them to go from giving people vouchers and saying ‘I’m sorry,’ to actual policy change that lets their employees know that if they discriminate and disrespect people, they will be terminated. That’s one of the things.” She continued, “That policy change piece is very, very important for us to make sure that American Airlines becomes an example for corporations across the board that they cannot disrespect people of color and discriminate against us.”
WATCH THEIR CONVERSATION HERE:
On Sunday, following the incident, Mallory recorded a 26-minute video on Facebook to share what happened with her followers. Watch the video below to see her emotional recount and hear the thoughts of today’s in-studio guests: Dr. Wendy Osefo (Political Analyst/Professor of Education, Johns Hopkins University), George Farrell (Founder, BlakPAC/Author, Success is Colorblind) and Avis Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D.(Leadership Strategist/Author, How Exceptional Black Women Lead).
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