Jamelia Davis

Jamelia Davis.

photo: Instagram/officialjamelia

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.

Jamelia said that she and her daughter were the only Black passengers in first class, which made the woman's questions even more peculiar.

Jamelia had first-class tickets for herself and her daughter, but the white passenger assumed she'd snuck into the car.

The passenger then told Jamelia that she'd only asked her for her tickets because she planned to sit with them.

Both ladies accused the passenger of having a racially motivated reason for asking them, but she swiftly denied it.

Jamelia used the moment to teach the passenger a lesson about unconscious bias. She and her daughter then chose new seats — in first class.

Interestingly enough, the passenger eventually sat beside a white man. She didn't ask him for proof that he belonged in first class.

That's when Jamelia's daughter chimed in.

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.