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Kelis: I Was Racially Abused at London Airport

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R&B singer Kelis has claimed that she was racially abused at a London
airport
before flying back home to the United States after performing at the
Bestival on the Isle of Wight. In a series of tweets, the singer said that
a "50-year-old man" called her a "slave," a "disgusting Nigerian" and "Kunta
Kinte" when she bypassed a line while going through passport control.

Photos: Random Notes

According to
Kelis, the United Kingdom is "racially decades behind progression because
everything is swept under the rug. People don't talk about it." Though she is
critical of the U.K., she admits that
her native United States is "the poster child of racial inequality even still
with a black president."

Despite the comments on Twitter, the singer has
not filed a complaint.

 

Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images

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