You would think that in the years since Lil Kim wore this:
And J-Lo wore this:
That a woman wearing a romper would be just fine on an American Airlines flight from Jamaica (94 degrees) to Miami, FL (89 degrees).
Here is what i was wearing when @AmericanAir asked me to deplane for a talk. At which point I was asked to “cover up”. When defending my outfit I was threatened with not getting back on the flight unless I walked down the aisle wrapped in a blanket. #notsofriendlyskies pic.twitter.com/AYQNNriLcq
— Tisha Rowe MD, MBA (@tisharowemd) July 1, 2019
On #PlanetIS, Dr. Latisha Rowe was told by flight attendants that she had to cover up her outfit, or she would not be allowed to fly.
She was also warned against making a scene or getting “loud” on the flight.
The best part of this entire thing: the members of the flight crew that committed this act are also black.
TYT’s Post Game debated whether or not people of color can be defined as racist. This is my comment on the video:
I am black and have known many black racists. It is A Thing. It happens.
We still have the House N vs Field N mentality. Lighter-skinned Blacks with softer curls are seen as more attractive. It is changing very slowly, but it [is still] there.
(CNN)American Airlines has apologized to a woman who says she was humiliated after being told she couldn’t fly unless she covered up her romper.
Latisha “Tisha” Rowe said she and her son were boarding a flight from Kingston, Jamaica, to Miami on June 30 when flight attendants asked them to step off the plane to talk, she told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Thursday.
Rowe said a female flight attendant asked her several times whether she had a jacket, and when she asked why, the woman told her that “you are not getting on the plane dressed like that.”
Rowe was wearing a strapless romper, so her legs, shoulders and arms were visible, but she said that nothing inappropriate was exposed.
“To me, that felt like a slap in the face, because I felt appropriately dressed,” Rowe said. “But I’m being told indirectly, in front of my son that — you know, it felt like ‘you look like a slut, so let’s fix this.’ “
Rowe said she ended up wrapping a blanket around herself in order to board the plane.
Dr. Rowe is a family doctor in Houston, TX.
An apology from American Airlines is certainly not enough. This is an ongoing symptom of #PlanetIS and the double standard forced upon women in all aspects of daily life, from schools to the workplace. And it is certainly not new.
Women of color were once required by law to cover their hair and all people of color were restricted to wearing only certain types of clothing.
The Timeline reports:
Before the American Revolution, European colonies enacted laws to distinguish African slaves from their burgeoning white populations. The purpose of this legislation was to entrench the superiority of Europeans and an economic system that exploited the labor of African slaves.
Under British rule, South Carolina passed the Negro Act of 1735, which provided stipulations on the type of clothing black people were allowed to wear, outlawing anything more extravagant than “Negro cloth, duffels, kerseys, osnabrigs, blue linen, check linen or coarse garlix, or calicoes, checked cottons, or Scotch plaids.”
Governor Esteban Rodriguez Miró of Louisiana, which was still a Spanish colony, passed the “Edict of Good Government,” which required black women to wear “their hair bound in a kerchief” or a “tignon.” Additionally, black women were prevented from wearing the same “jewelry or plumes” as women of European descent.
Governor Miró was also concerned about the growing appeal of Creole and biracial women, often referred to as mulattoes, to men of European descent. Part of enforcing the wearing of headwraps was to discourage plantation owners and slave masters from pursuing women who were deemed beneath them.
In South Africa, similar laws were passed at the behest of slave mistresses who felt that the headwrap would prevent white men from pursuing black slaves.
These days, women of color wear their headwraps proudly.
And I am one of them.
I am not certain if others understand the history and significance of the headwrap.
Either way, this attempt to minimize us in the past failed, just as American Airlines’ attempt to police Dr. Rowe’s more than acceptable attire should have failed.
However, on #PlanetIS, such objections are given more weight than they deserve.