Activist Tamika D. Mallory said Sunday that she was unfairly kicked off of an American Airlines flight over a seating dispute.
Mallory, known for her work as national co-chair of the Women’s March movement, was on a flight from Miami to New York when the incident occurred. According to the activist, she spoke with a gate agent who was “nasty” and “disrespectful” about an issue with her seat assignment.
During the exchange, Mallory said the pilot of the flight came over to scold her behavior and told her that she was going to get a “one-way ticket off this plane.”
After Mallory eventually boarded the flight, she said the pilot made an announcement asking her to come to the front of the plane. He then allegedly pointed toward her and said, “Her, off.”
“It definitely was white male aggression. I was singled out, I was disrespected, and he was trying to intimidate me,” Mallory told the New York Daily News on Monday. “I was discriminated against.”
No one on the flight crew gave Mallory an explanation for why she was removed from the flight, despite her asking numerous times. Mallory later tweeted about the incident, writing that no matter how hard black women fight, “white men are allowed to treat [us] like shit.”
Doesn't matter how much we do and how hard we fight, white men are allowed to treat black women like shit .@AmericanAir— Tamika D. Mallory (@TamikaDMallory) October 15, 2017
Every @AmericanAir rep I've talked to told me the pilot mishandled the situation. He had no business getting involved in a seat dispute— Tamika D. Mallory (@TamikaDMallory) October 15, 2017
The @AmericanAir pilot, before kicking me off the plane, asked me "are you gonna behave?" As if I'm not a grown woman worthy of respect...— Tamika D. Mallory (@TamikaDMallory) October 15, 2017
Only reason this pilot got involved was to assert his white male power over who he thought was just some uppity black girl. That's it.— Tamika D. Mallory (@TamikaDMallory) October 15, 2017
American Airlines has since issued a statement addressing Mallory’s treatment.
“Our team does not tolerate discrimination of any kind,” a representative for the airline said on Monday. “We take these allegations seriously, and we are in the process of reaching out to our colleagues in Miami, as well as Ms. Mallory, to obtain additional information on what transpired during the boarding process.”
Read more of Mallory’s account at the New York Daily News.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.