‘Moral Monday’ Leader Sues Airline After He Said He Was Ousted From Flight Because He’s Black


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The leader of North Carolina’s “Moral Monday” progressive movement and the state’s NAACP is suing American Airlines saying he was removed from a flight because he is black.

News outlets report that The Rev. William Barber filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday in Alexandria, Va., demanding unspecified monetary damages and changes at the airline.

Barber says he was removed from a flight from Reagan National Airport to Raleigh-Durham International Airport in April. He says a nearby passenger said loudly that he had problems with “those people” and criticized Barber’s need for two seats. Before the crew gave safety instructions, Barber says he stood up and turned around to respond.

American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller declined to discuss the case since in involves litigation, but he says the airline doesn’t tolerate discrimination.

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