September 14, 2011 12:05
Kelis 'racially abused' at London airport
Singer also comments on the UK riots following verbal attack
In a series of rants on her page Twitter/iamkelis, the singer said she was abused after she was accused of queue-jumping at passport control.
This fat red faced sweaty 'man' (I use the word man loosely here) started calling me a 'slave' and told me to call him 'sir' and how I was probably a 'disgusting Nigerian'. He called me 'kunta kinte' and ranted and raved some more. The man behind the passport desk laughed, shook his head in agreement I guess, and said 'kunta kinte'. All the while the entire line full of people I just sat on a plane with for almost three hours said nothing. I mean literally nothing. Didn't flinch.
Kunta Kinte was the name of a central character in Alex Haley's 1976 novel Roots: The Saga Of Am American Family. The character was an 18th century Gambian man kidnapped into slavery.
The singer went on to say that "racial issues in the UK are disgusting" and suggested the recent riots were caused by racial tension.
I didn't say anything at the time of the riots in London for a lot of reasons. But I am in London all the time and today I'm gonna say that racial issues in the UK are disgusting. It's racially decades behind progression because everything is swept under the rug. People don't talk about it. People don't fight about it. Not mentioning a problem doesn't make it go away.
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