Jamelia Davis, a British singer, actress, and TV personality, who professionally uses just her first name, claims she and her 11-year-old daughter encountered racially motivated harassment in first class on a train ride.
In her January 12 tweet thread, the former "Loose Women" panelist said that a fellow train passenger confronted her and her daughter for sitting in first class without a first-class ticket.
Unfortunately, Jamelia's encounter is fairly common for Black, Muslim, and disabled passengers.
In October, Dr. Tamika Cross accused a Delta Airlines flight attendant of blocking her from helping a passenger in medical distress. Cross said the attendant refused to believe she's a doctor.
Similarly, multiple Muslim passengers have been booted off planes simply because of their religion. For instance, Mohamed Ahmed Radwan, a 40-year-old engineer from Florida, said an American Airlines flight attendant told him "I will be watching you." She later had him removed from the flight.
A California family also accused American Airlines of discriminating against their disabled son. They booked first class tickets, but were forced to fly on a later flight because the pilot declared 16-year-old Bede Vanderhorst a "security risk."
Regardless of the reasoning, marginalized Americans should not be harassed while traveling. Jamelia's case proves it.