After activist Tamika Mallory and at least three other people were treated unfairly by American Airlines, the NAACP’s taking action. The National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People said this week that black travelers should be cautious about flying on American Airlines.
According to NPR, the NAACP described “a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines.” They cited four incidents in particular as examples that “suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias on the part of American Airlines.”
American Airlines CEO Doug Parker has since released a statement strongly defending the company.
“The mission statement of the NAACP states that it ‘seeks to remove all barriers of racial discrimination.’ That’s a mission that the people of American Airlines endorse and facilitate every day – we do not and will not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” Parker wrote.
“We have reached out to the NAACP and are eager to meet with them to listen to their issues and concerns,” he added.