Adam Saleh would be known by many to be an antagonist of the worst kind. If you aren’t aware, he is the one that makes the parody videos with a racially charged slant. Since he is Muslim, Saleh tends to cater to the fears and assumptions of those that aren’t. Many find his shtick funny; many others do not. At the end of the day, he is an entertainer and nothing more.

A lot of that changed since then as he was supposedly kicked off a Delta airplane for “speaking Arabic” on the telephone. At first, many people felt that Delta was being racist. Others, however, wisely wondered whether it was either a parody or some type of misunderstanding. There has even been confirmation that Adam Saleh faked much of the situation to put out a slanted perspective. As such, maybe there is some hope that this situation won’t come back to haunt Delta or any other airline.

Sad to say, I’m going to burst our intellectual bubble. You see, Adam Saleh’s situation isn’t about him. If we were to dig deeper, we would realize that this situation is about airline discrimination. And this is a discrimination that is far more rampant than it needs to be. To not miss the forest for the trees, we must take a step back and see what problem Adam Saleh is bringing awareness to.

Adam Saleh Plays Instigator

So, Adam Saleh’s situation has a high probability of being fake. I can take that. However, there are too many situations of airline discrimination that are far too real:

  • The Rev. William Barber, the head of the North Carolina NAACP and a leader in the state’s Moral Mondays movement, says he was kicked off an American Airlines flight on April 15 of 2016 due to his race. And this all started with a complaint about belligerent passengers that kept him from getting some much needed sleep.
  • Tamika Cross, an OB-GYN from Detroit, was discriminated against when one of the flight attendants asked if there was a physician on the plane. Cross tried to assist them. However, she was either asked for credentials or pushed aside for another white physician. And this was a Delta flight.
  • Four airlines, British Airways, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia, have attracted criticism for controversial seating policies which discriminate against adult male passengers on the basis of their sex.
  • Remember the Kevin Smith “too fat to ride the airplane” incident from back in 2010? I didn’t think that you did. So, I wanted to remind you all of how Southwest Airlines had to play PR clean up so they wouldn’t face the worst of it.
  • It has gotten so bad for Muslims that Dick Durbin, an Illinois senator, pressed the trade association for the major U.S. air carriers to explain what it is doing to prevent future discrimination incidents.

Therefore, Saleh’s situation became alarming without the subtlety of understanding the full context. These discrimination issues are far too real.

Thus, Adam Saleh’s situation should not be ignored. There is a lot of controversy over the realness of the problem he had with the airline. And that is totally acceptable. But, what is to be said for the consistent prejudiced acts airlines carry out? What is going to be done about making airline passengers feel unwelcome for questionable reasons? Are we really going to look at the elephant in the room when it comes to airline protocol with its customers?

Adam Saleh Finite

Adam Saleh can be as fake as a 36 dollar bill. But, Adam Saleh should not be the focus, either. The focus should be on the rampant discriminatory practices that airlines practice. So, let the prankster prank on. At the end of the day, that elephant in the corner needs to stop eating the peanuts of discrimination and prejudice.

‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!