The president of North Carolina’s NAACP filed a lawsuit Wednesday against American Airlines after he said the company removed him from a flight because of his skin color, reports ABC News.
The Rev. William Barber, organizer of the Moral Mondays progressive protest movement, is seeking unspecified monetary damages and changes at the airline as part of the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia.
He added that being Black caused his “unfair” removal in April from the flight traveling from Reagan National Airport to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, writes the news outlet:
Barber said he asked a flight attendant to ask two white passengers who were talking loudly in the row behind him to quiet down. The white passenger responded that he had a problem with “those people” and made fun of Barber for purchasing two seats, according to the lawsuit.
Barber alleges in the lawsuit that the confrontation had dissipated when police officers boarded the plane and had him removed at American’s request. The white passenger was allowed to remain on board.
According to the lawsuit, a black American employee who rebooked Barber on a flight the next day told Barber that “this tends to happen a lot” and expressed frustration with the airline.
Barber said in a statement in April that all he wants is fair treatment, reported ABC 11.