Kelis speaks out against a culture of ignoring issues of racism: "not mentioning a problem doesn't make it go away"
Singer Kelis recounted over Twitter the abuse she received whilst queuing at a London airport. She stated that she was called "slave" and was subjected to other racist taunts by a fellow passenger after he believed her to have jumped the queue.
There were apparently 50 other passengers around at the time of the incident. Kelis said that as she was receiving the racism:
"All the while the entire line full of people I just sat on a plane with for almost 3 hours said nothing. I mean literally nothing. Didn't flinch."
She wrote: "I am in London all the time and today I'm gonna say that the racial issues in the uk are disgusting. It's racially [d]ecades 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. I bring it up now because as an American it is abundantly clear that my country... are the poster child for racial inequality even still with a black president. But its NO SECRET! And that I can fight against. I can try to prepare and teach my son. Because its out there. But you can't fight for or against something no one is willing to talk about or even admit exist."