Discrimination against US Muslim woman ‘despicable’: Activist

An American activist has described a recent discrimination act against a Muslim woman on board an American plane as “despicable,” saying discriminatory practices should be stopped around the world.

“I find this despicable and there is no excuse for discriminatory practices when a person was an innocent person on a plane,” said Safiyya Sarkin, the president and founder of Women Beyond Survival.

She made the remarks while commenting on an incident described by Tahera Ahmad, a Muslim chaplain and director of interfaith engagement at Chicago’s Northwestern University, who was denied an unopened can of coke by a United Airline flight attendant for security reasons.

This happened while another passenger sitting next to her was freely handed an unopened can.

The airline, however, stated that the matter was a “misunderstanding.”


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