The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sat down with American Airlines Tuesday after issuing a warning for black people not to fly with the airlines.
NAACP President Derrick Johnson and Women’s March Tamika D. Mallory talked with American Airlines CEO Doug Parker to discuss how to solve the issue of racial bias against black people allegedly present in the company, reports NBC News. Other civil rights groups like the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation and the Black Women’s Roundtable were also present.
“We welcomed the opportunity to meet, and had a positive and productive dialogue. We look forward to continuing the conversation and working together,” American Airlines spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said in a statement.
The NAACP issued a travel advisory last week for black Americans, warning them from flying on the airlines after Mallory alleged she was thrown off a flight by the pilot. The group told black Americans to exercise caution while traveling and boarding with the company, citing four incidents of alleged racial bias against black Americans who were on various flights.
NAACP President Johnson referred to the meeting as an “introductory one,” saying that actions from American Airlines are still needed.
“We had a full and frank dialogue, but words are no substitute for action,” Johnson said in a statement. “The NAACP looks forward to continuing its work with American Airlines to ensure that African-American customers are not subjected to racially discriminatory treatment.”
Mallory, who said she was a victim of white male aggression, said this was only the first meeting out of many.
“We hope that American Airlines will become a leader in setting industry standards that protect the rights of all people and provide one level of service for all passengers,” she noted in a statement.
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