Singer Kelis Tweets About Racist Abuse at London Airport

| by Michael Allen

'Milkshake' singer Kelis launched into an angry Twitter tirade against the UK after she was allegedly labeled a "slave" by a middle-aged white man in a London airport. She had been traveling home to America with her two-year-old son Knight after performing at the 'Bestival on the Isle Of Wight' over the weekend.

The incident took place when Kelis was accused of cutting in line by the man, whom she claimed called her "slave" and declared she was "probably a disgusting Nigerian."

Kellis tweeted: "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 3 hours, over 50 people said nothing. I mean literally nothing. Didn't flinch."

Kellis then wrote: "We all no (sic) I'm no saint, so I retaliated. Not the way I wanted to or how that pig deserved. But #1 my gorgeous baby boy was literally sitting on my hip and #2 I'm a believer. And we are better. Supposed to be."

Kelis then brought up the London riots in August: "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 the racial issues in the UK are disgusting."

"Its 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."

Kelis acknowledged her home country also had issues: "I bring it up now because as an American it is abundantly clear that my country has a Smorgasbord of disgusting racial problems."

"We 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."