Deshon Deshon Marman's plight for wardrobe freedom is still alive and well in the hearts of 22 protesters who gathered outside of the US Airways ticket counter at San Francisco International Airport Monday demanding justice for the 20-year-old New Mexico football player who was booted from a flight in mid-June.
On June 15, Marman was removed from a US Airways flight because he was wearing "saggy" jeans, which were below his buttocks. Marman was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, battery of a police officer and obstruction after he refused to leave the flight. The charges were later dropped.
But that didn't stop the NAACP from convening outside the airport to voice its displeasure over what it is terming as "racial profiling" by US Airways.
Holding a sign reading, "U.S. Airways must be sentenced repentance," Rev. Renard Allen of San Francisco's Third Baptist Church said the protestors, organized by the local chapter of the NAACP, were there to "protest injustice, inequity, decimation and racial profiling." He added, "we're saying this will not fly in the land of the free and the home of the brave."
This isn't the first protest on Marman's behalf. Last week, several people gathered outside San Francisco City Hall where San Francisco Supervisor Malia Cohen told the crowd she was seeking an apology from the airline.
But no such apology has surfaced.
Liz Landau, a US Airways spokeswoman, said the airline stands by its claim that Marman refused to pull up his pants when asked and that he was exposing a body part.
Marman was on his way back to New Mexico after attending a friend's funeral in San Francisco.
"I never had any intention of interrupting the flight," Marman told reporters.
Still, the NAACP is seeking some sort of retribution for the incident.
Rev. Allen said the NAACP had initially been in contact with U.S. Airways, but once the airline discovered the group was pursuing what he called "the fruits of repentance for the Marman family," it shut down communications completely. "We believe that when you are truly sorry for something you have you have done, you show those you have wronged the fruits of repentance," Allen said.
Allen said he could not comment on whether Marman was considering taking any sort of legal action against U.S. Airways.
"The world needs to see that U.S. Airways is a racist airline," said Brown. "Not just its employees, but in its corporate structure as well."