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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Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke