TSA agent put Native American in harness and "snapped like reins" by her braids
The genocide of the indigenous population of America did not pass without a trace, and even in our modern society its consequences are regularly observed in the form of bad jokes. At the minneapolis-st. Paul International Airport, a Native American, lawyer and rights activist, Tara Houska was harassed by a TSA agent who “pulled the braids behind her shoulders and said "giddyup" as she snapped them like reins of a horse."
"My hair is part of my spirit. I am a Native woman. I am angry, humiliated. Your "fun" hurt," Houska shared in a Tweet on Monday.
When I informed the middle-aged blonde woman who had casually used her authority to dehumanize and disrespect me, she said “Well it was just in fun, I’m sorry. Your hair is lovely.” <— that is NOT an apology and it is NOT okay.— tara houska (@zhaabowekwe) January 13, 2020
It was later reported that an internal investigation into the incident was conducted and TSA's Federal Security Director for Minnesota Cliff Van Leuven apologized.
“TSA Federal Security Director Cliff Van Leuven acknowledged a "mistake". "Did it actually happen? Yes. Exactly as described? Yes," he told TSA employees.”— tara houska (@zhaabowekwe) January 16, 2020
It happened. It was humiliating. TSA apologized. I really, really hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else moving forward. https://t.co/LQPjXORld6
Despite disrespect for the indigenous people, Tara Houska does not want the employee to be fired, but thinks TSA needs to improve its sensitivity training.
Many Americans condemned the behavior of the TSA agent, calling for the dismissal of the employee and the dissolution of the agency as unnecessary and useless.