Activist Tamika Mallory has said American Airlines discriminated against her through an act of "white male aggression," and on Tuesday morning she will announce a plan to hold them accountable.
At 10:30 a.m. EST, Mallory will join her attorney Royce Russell (of The Law Firm of Emdin & Russell, LLP) and rapper/activist Mysonne Linen for a press conference that will be aired on her Facebook Live. The event is Mallory's first public appearance since she was removed from an American Airlines flight on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Mallory, the co-chair of the Women's March on Washington and a national civil rights leader, attended the 2017 Revolt Music Conference in Miami over the weekend. She spoke as an audience member at the conference's "Hip Hop v Trump" panel.
"A lot of this is being engineered … people do not want us to put out a message that is for our people," Mallory said, after receiving the microphone from REVOLT TV Political Correspondent Amrit Singh. "They don't want it to be heard."
She was scheduled to fly home on Sunday, Oct. 15, and used an airport kiosk to change her seat from a middle seat to an aisle seat. But her boarding ticket did not reflect the change, having her listed in the same seat she was in before.
She spoke to a gate agent about the issue, and told NY Daily News that the agent was "nasty" and "disrespectful." The pilot asked her if there would be any issues with her on the flight, and Mallory said no; that she would simply write down her complaint. She was allowed to board the flight in her middle seat, but an announcement then called her to the front of the plane. When she obliged, she said the pilot pointed at her and said, "Her, off." Mallory wept as she was kicked off the plane, without receiving any explanation for why she was removed.
Rapper/activist Mysonne Linen, a member of Justice League NYC, was also kicked off of the plane. He was traveling with Mallory and was quietly standing by during the incident.
Mallory missed the wedding of Al Sharpton's daughter as a result of the missed flight. She told REVOLT that she was upset about what happened, but pointed out that other people without her resources are even more vulnerable to such discriminatory practices.
"While it was a humiliating experience, I am more concerned about the mistreatment of people who do not have a platform to tell their stories," Mallory told REVOLT. "American Airlines must take responsibility for the conduct of their employees."
Tune into the press conference at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, and support her on Twitter with the hashtag #IStandWithTamika.