NAACP Meets with American Airlines After Tamika Mallory Incident

NAACP Meets with American Airlines After Tamika Mallory Incident

Derrick Johnson formerly served as vice chairman of the NAACP National Board of Directors as well as state president for the Mississippi State Conference NAACP. (NAACP)

NAACP Meets with American Airlines. As the NAACP changes in to a more directly politically active advocacy organization, they have taken on the challenge of dealing with American Airlines after a pilot removed civil rights activist Tamika Mallory from a flight last week.

Following the incident, the NAACP travel advisory regarding American Airlines treatment of African-American customers. Yesterday, October 31, new NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement, “we had an introductory meeting with the leadership of American Airlines to discuss the issues outlined in our travel advisory and the need for meaningful corrective action by the airline to prevent future incidents of this nature.”

“We had a full and frank dialogue, but words are no substitute for action. The NAACP looks forward to continuing its work with American Airlines to ensure that African-American customers are not subjected to racially discriminatory treatment,” Johnson added. 

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