Violated Woman Says "Poofy" Hair Prodded, Laughed At by Racist TSA

 Last week, Laura Adiele appeared on MSNBC to detail her humiliating experience with the TSA in Seattle on June 30, during which agents demanded to inspect her hair because it was "poofy"—even after she'd gone through a full body scanner. They allegedly laughed at her, as well, leading Adiele to compare their actions to times people have called her hair "Aunt Jemima" like, and other racist slurs. During the search, she says, an African American flight attendant approached her and said she'd had similar experiences, and that she felt Adiele should report it. 

In case you need a primer as to why Adiele's experience was offensive, humiliating and egregious, feel free to read this post entitled Can I Touch Your Hair? Black Women and The Petting Zoo. Watch Adiele's MSNBC appearance below, via Mediaite:

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 11, 2011, 4:33am

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