Black Film Director Racially Profiled By DEA Agents At ATL Airport
Photo Credit: BJ3TK4 Security employed by contractor OCS searches a passenger at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.

Photo Credit: BJ3TK4 Security employed by contractor OCS searches a passenger at Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5.

Black Film Director Racially Profiled By DEA Agents At ATL Airport

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R. Peña
R. Peña Nov 2, 2022

Racial profiling continues to be a problem at one of America’s busiest airports. Last week a Black man at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport was searched with no explanation by DEA agents. Tabari Sturdivant, an award-winning film director, shared a clip on social media of his experience at the airport.

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“Friday morning right as I was boarding a flight to LA, (2) DEA agents approached me,” Tabari explained.

“They asked for my ID, began to question me, and proceeded to search me and my bags right in front of everyone.”

Sturdivant continued to say he was “the only black person in the area,” and was singled out by the plainclothes officer to get searched.

“They took everything out of my bag in front of everyone. No privacy. I was shocked and embarrassed.”

“After finding No illegal contraband in my bag, they seemed disappointed and let me go,” he confirmed.

Racism at its finest

Once Sturdivant boarded the plane, his fellow passengers kept asking him questions about why he was searched. The questioning didn’t stop until he landed in Los Angeles.

One passenger told Sturdivant he filmed the whole ordeal with the DEA and posted it to social media. After his experience with the DEA agents, Sturdivant was convinced he’d been racially profiled.

“I was minding my business with a black hoodie and headphones on,” he explained. “I was standing in the middle of white 20 passengers and they singled me out and humiliated me.”

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