Discrimination at 40,000 feet? NAACP and American Airlines


Your DGB for today is to support the NAACP’s travel advisory for American Airlines by boycotting the airline until the advisory is lifted, registering your disapproval with the airline, and/or spreading the word around on social media.

On Tuesday one of the country’s most venerated civil rights organizations, the NAACP, took the remarkable step of issuing a warning to Black travelers regarding American Airlines, that “booking and boarding flights on American Airlines could subject them disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions.” The airline appears eager to address these concerns, but we’d like to hold their feet to the fire. If it’s feasible (we know some markets don’t have many options), consider boycotting American - even if you are white. Perhaps *especially* if you are white. Let them know your feelings on the actions that led to this travel advisory through their website or by tweeting @AmericanAir. And by all means, if you witness or are the subject of discriminatory treatment by this or any airline, let the NAACP know.

It’s discouraging that racism is found, even at cruising altitude, but we can do something about it. Return your seats and tray tables to their upright positions and grab back.


Sign Up to Act with the NAACP


Your DGB for today is to work with the NAACP.

Your phone is almost always in your hand, right? Well, now it’s a Bat Signal when your help is needed on behalf of justice! No need to pull together a skin-tight superhero suit - your regular attire will work just fine when you sign up to help out the NAACP.

All you have to do is text STAND to 52886 to volunteer your time and talents. That’s it! One text. Less than a minute. You’ll be signed up to get the latest rallying cries from a great anti-racism, pro-human-rights organization.

If you’re a belt-and-suspenders type, you can also find your local chapter and join.


Fire Karl Oliver

Your DGB for today is to donate to the NAACP in support of their calling for racist Karl Oliver to step down from the Mississippi state legislature.

In a May 17th Facebook post, Rep. Oliver (R-Winona) called for the lynching of Louisiana leaders who take down confederate monuments. Not only is the statement clearly racist, it is a direct threat to those Louisiana leaders who called for the monuments to be taken down. Oliver’s statements are an invitation to those who agree with him to cause bodily harm to Louisiana lawmakers, much like 45 did during his Presidential Election rallies when protesters annoyed him. 

Oliver’s Facebook post, which was later removed, read:


"The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow Southern Americans, is both heinous and horrific. If the, and I use this term extremely loosely, 'leadership' of Louisiana wishes to, in a Nazi-ish fashion, burn books or destroy historical monuments of OUR HISTORY, they should be LYNCHED! Let it be known, I will do all in my power to prevent this from happening in our State."


Karl Oliver is a first time lawmaker, and the district that he presides over just so happens to include the town of Money, where, in 1955, Emmett Till was kidnapped and murdered. Oliver has apologized for his words, but we agree with the NAACP that a person who makes such divisive statements and threats should not be making laws. Support the NAACP and call for Karl Oliver to step down. If you can’t donate, feel free to contact his office and demand his resignation.