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Saturday Night Card Game (Stop the poofy hair profiling!)

Saturday Night Card Game (Stop the poofy hair profiling!)

This is the latest in a series on the use of the race card for political gain:

A couple of weeks it was saggy-pants bias.  Now its poofy hair profiling.

A mixed-race woman from Seattle is charging racism because TSA screeners asked to check her poofy hair (emphasis mine):

An African-American woman is accusing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of racial profiling because her hair was searched at an airport security checkpoint.

In an interview Friday on MSNBC, Laura Adiele said that TSA agents notified her after she went through a full-body scanner at Seattle’s Sea-Tec Airport that her hair needed to be inspected. Adiele said she had no problem with being patted down, but she said the agents made the request to check her hair after she was scanned because she is black.

“It’s already uncomfortable to be going through a naked body imaging,” she said on MSNBC’s “Jansing and Co.” show. “For me, my hair is my breaking point.”

I played the race card in this just because I looked around and didn’t see anyone else being searched in that way,” Adiele continued. “And at the end of it, I had an African-American flight attendant come up to me and say that she’s had this experience and that she’s seeing it more frequently and that she thought I should complain about it.”

That’s the attitude. You can scan my junk all you want, but don’t touch the hair; unless, of course, you touch everyone’s hair:

Little Keithy Olbermann is on the case, putting the unnamed TSA agent on trial in absentia for being the Worser Person In The World.

I’m almost beginning to feel sorry for TSA. Almost.


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Kerrvillian | July 9, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Olby scolding the TSA? Good heavens!

How about a new version of Survivor where we put all of the TSA, Olbermann, Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo and the “Audacity of Hope” flotilla on an island somewhere.

Oh, then what? I figured to just leave them there. Surely they are as resourceful as the castaways of Gilligan’s Island. No TV show. No checking in. Just leave them there all happy in their perfect place with nothing but liberals.

LukeHandCool | July 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

” … I looked around and didn’t see anyone else being searched in that way …”

How many Hair Club for Men members would give every overactive follicle on their furry backs to be able to say that?

LukeHandCool (who, at the age of 26, thought he noticed a bit of recession in the temple areas, and asked his mom if it was just his imagination … and who, when his mom said, “Well, your grandfather started losing his hair in high school,” was so taken aback and angry that he refused to talk to his mom for the next week, but who slowly forgave her as it became apparent over time he took after his father in the hair department).

Was her name Sheila Jackson Lee?

Juba Doobai! | July 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm

I agree with her. I got a scalp fungus and have no idea how. Perhaps it was from all those people who wanted to touch the dreadlocks. Well, they’re gone now but are in the process of growing back, and my hard and fast rule is this: NOBODY TOUCHES MY HAIR BUT ME!

I was hoping to see a picture as to whether she wore a big Afro or not. Did those idiots really believe she’s hiding a bomb in her hair?

Black women don’t like having their hair touched; that’s our quirk.

The TSA agents are stupid. After a scanning – there’s really nothing left to look at on a person.

    retire05 in reply to GoldenAh. | July 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    So you have no objection to some TSA agent running her hand down your pants just as long as she doesn’t touch your hair?

    Odd, white women object to being groped by an undertrained TSA agent but don’t care about someone touching their hair.

    Guess its a cultural thing.

      >>So you have no objection to some TSA agent running her hand down your pants just as long as she doesn’t touch your hair?

      I never said I want someone to run their hands down my pants. I said it is quirk not to want someone to touch hair. Anyone with intelligence would realize that includes touching everything else.
      I said the scanning should be sufficient.

      Thanks for playing along.

        retire05 in reply to GoldenAh. | July 10, 2011 at 9:07 am

        Anyone with intelligence would understand that going through a naked body scan violates your 4th Amendment rights just as much as touching your hair.

        Stop playing. You’re not good at the game.

          Thanks for making my point. It took a while, but you finally got a clue.

          There’s no reason to touch the hair, they’ve already seen everything.

Immediate thought after reading this: it’s a good thing all this screening didn’t happen in the 80’s when EVERYONE had poofy hair…..;)

Babyboomers will remember the Soledad brothers and the fatal aborted attempt of Mr. Jackson (17 people died) to escape San Quentin in 1971. Testimony at the time was that he got the gun from a visitor and and hid it in his Afro. Guns were traced back to Angela Davis who was acquitted. BTW Miss Davis is, these days a regular visitor at the White House according to the public record as is Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

If this lady was given a prior complete body scan,the TSA could claim they had probable cause to look through her hair. The reason would be that something suspicious showed on the body scan. People who have surgically placed plates in the skull or electronic equipment like cardiac pacemakers or even cardiac valves, some prostheses metal hip screws in hip replacment surgeries, and titanium body parts set off alarms.
On the other hand, have you noticed how many TSA are Muslim? TSA gives their Muslim agents Friday off for prayers. Did you know the Arabic word for Negro is the same Arabic word for slave?
Governor Rick Perry is the only governor I’m aware of that has objected to TSA groping and the DOJ’s response was to threaten to turn Texas into a no fly zone interrupting all air traffic in the state.
BTW, professor, as soon as Mr. Saggingpants got home, he lawyered up. Mr. Sagginpants is a regionally well known UNM Lobo football punk with an attitude. He refused to cooperate with the airline employees up to and including the pilot. Safety of all passengers is the priority of any airline, had nothing to do with race.

[…] be the strangest. A woman with puffy hair is alleging the TSA’s search of her hair is racist. Seriously, watch:She felt violated after they searched the hair on her head. While I agree that this is all a […]

Is TSA necessary? Here’s an interesting website of the causes of airline crashes, with graphs:

StephenMonteith | July 10, 2011 at 2:11 am

Ha! The ad tonight is for Laser Hair Removal. Google has provided a, shall we say, elegant solution to the problem?

Not to worry. The TSA union will protect the “offender”. No TSA employee will ever be fired because their union dues will wind up in the hands of some democrat running for re-election.

Would they have done this to Angela Davis?

She has poofy hair?

What’s next? Yanking wigs off cancer patients?

common tater | July 10, 2011 at 11:21 am

Men wouldn’t mind so much because they’re used to hearing “Turn your head and coiffe.”

Somebody needs to post the clip of Grace from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off pulling pencils out of her hair. (no, I can’t find it)

I guess when you look like Angela Davis you have to pay the price.