Check out these dangerous terrorists! Tonight’s music video is “No Way As the Way” from the album Information Age Deluxe by Dead Prez. Thanks Joe Cooper of the Austin Audio Co-Op for the suggestion.
Hip Hop and Politics explains how Mike Flow, DJ for Dead Prez got kicked off an airplane for “suspicious face tattoos:”
We caught up with Mike Flow (Mike Flowers) who is the dj for the group dead prez who talked to us about how he was racially profiled and kicked off an Alaska Airlines flight en route from Seattle to Portland.. The flight attendant became suspicious of his facial tattoos and decided to delay their flight and have Mike removed..
Flo in our interview explained that his facial tattoos are African symbols and part of his religion and that they are legally protected under our laws. He also noted that he’s a platinum member of Delta Airlines which is a partner to Alaska. As he pointed out, if I was such a threat or my tattoos were ‘so offensive’ why take me off and put me on later flight?
Flo noted that he was made to feel less than human and during our conversation we noted the increasing amounts of suspicion tossed on Black people with negative and sometimes fatal results. They range from the young college student named Trayon Christian shopping at a high-end store in NY ( Barneys New York) who drew suspicion from the cashier who felt he shouldn’t be buying such an expensive piece of clothing to two young men in New Jersey who had a cashier refuse their cash payment for a baby stroller because she thought the large sum of money might be counterfeit… Even after the cops were called the store, Buy, Buy Baby refused to accept the payment.
I’m glad there’s no more racism now thanks to Obama being elected.
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