Donna Doyle, the mother of “baggy pants” arrestee Deshon Marman, appeared today with members of the NAACP at the Third Baptist Church in San Francisco. Doyle and Amos Brown, president of the NAACP’s San Francisco chapter, spoke about the case at a press conference.

Doyle put the blame for the incident on US Airways, the airline that her 20-year-old son, a University of New Mexico football player, was removed from in a conflict over his pants. The pants, which Marman says were pajamas, were allegedly hanging low enough to expose his underwear. Marman was arrested on suspicion of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and trespassing, but the San Mateo County DA is still deciding whether to charge him.

Brown said that Marman was a victim of racial profiling and called for the airline to put its employees through sensitivity training.

Both Doyle and Brown cited the cross-dressing frequent US Airways flyer who has attracted attention over the past few days as evidence of a double standard by the airline.

Here is audio of some of Brown and Doyle’s comments, followed by an edited transcript. A spokesman for US Airways told Peter Jon Shuler, “we don’t have a statement yet.”

Amos Brown and Donna Doyle on Deshon Marman incident at NAACP press conference

Amos Brown, head of San Francisco NAACP chapter

I think that that was excessive use of authority and some officers, some officials go over board in being excessive so that either way, the basic point we’re making, they shouldn’t have made an issue over it. If they didn’t make an issue over (the man who flies US Airways in exposed panties). And you don’t single people out, and that’s what it ends up being. He was singled out. This man here should have been singled out if you’re going to be consistent to be dealt with.

They initiated the atmosphere, they created the drama, and then they didn’t assume responsibility for the drama they created. You don’t go around subjectively dealing with people that way. That’s where racism comes in. Any time you deal with people in a manner before getting to know them. Nothing was done to talk to this yong man, to get to know him.

The main thing that happened here was you had a ticket agent who didn’t like the way he looked, and because she didn’t like the way he looked, she went after him. He hadn’t done anything, he hadn’t touched anybody, he hadn’t cursed anybody out. He hadn’t said a word. She just didn’t like the way he looked. So it was a question of walking while black, with some pants down.

Donna Doyle, mother of Deshon Marman

You know I said I wasn’t going to say anything. But the whole thing began with the ticket agent, and like Reverend Brown stated, it started with the ticket agent not liking the way my son looked. When it went to the stewardess and the flight attendant, the flight attendant I feel, should have defused it… If he did have his underwear showing, you no longer saw them because his behind was in the seat. So at that point he became no longer a threat to anyone, because his butt was down.

The captain took it upon himself to come down the aisle out of his cabin to address the matter, not to defuse it, to address it and escalate. He escalated this drama. If you listen to the young man’s tape that recorded it, my son stated I don’t know how many times, “no sir, I’m sitting sir. Sir I didn’t do anything. Sir I’m like everyone else.” “No you’re not like everyone else.” Well what does he mean? I don’t’ know. What does he mean you’re not like everyone else?

So I truly feel had the pilot defused it, we wouldn’t be here today. He added to all of this. There was a sheriff there that stated that Deshon was not disrespectful. He wasn’t defiant in any way.

The saggy pants itself — I’m a mother of four sons, I don’t approve of it. They’re boys, it’s a trend. But these clothes are marketed. These people are making big money off these children. And then you turn around and not only criminalize the African American with these clothes, but you have to remember, we’re not the only ones who wear them. You have the Asians that wear them, you have the white boys that wear them, you have the Latinos and the rest of them that wear them. But you don’t go after these children like you’ve gone after our children. And that needs to stop. You don’t judge a book by its cover and that’s what they did. They judged my son by his attire of what he wore and that was unacceptable.

Here, Donna Doyle says she doesn’t condone her son’s attire, but that it’s his choice. She also implies that US Airways’ allowing the cross-dressing passenger to fly is an example of a double-standard by the airline.

Donna Doyle on the US Airways cross-dresser

Vic Lee of KGO also has a report on the event:

Deshon Marman’s Mother Blames US Airways at NAACP Press Conference 24 June,2011Jon Brooks

  • Lets be real, 2 years ago when Southwest airlines made a ” white” female passenger cover up becasue her skirt was to short was met with some comments but not the NAACP, or accusations of being a African American. White black, pink purple asian latino doesnt matter. your appearance is and should be a reflection on your leadership. Did his mom show up to protest dressed like a “thug” nope….. and neither did the NAACP.

    • what a joke

      let’s be real..the woman in the skimpy skirt did not have to deplane and was not arrested.

      • Mark

        She did to deplane, but was left back on after she complied. I understand that Deshon did not comply with their request. And like Sean said…Why didn’t Deshon’s mom and the NAACP show up at their meeting with baggy pants halfway down their rear? Because they demand respect. If you want respect dress for it. If you don’t care, then slob it up. I have had to change clothes before for a flight and gladly did it. If I didn’t they would have left me there too.

  • carly

    I think US Airways has to answer why this individual was arrested while a cross dresser on another flight was allowed to board. If airlines continue to run their business as they did in the last couple of weeks they will be lucky to be around next year. The airline industry needs to learn how to run a service based business. Drive the passengers away and you have no business. I just read that the airline industry ranked worst of all industries. Beyond the endless fees, in the last week we heard that airlines did not do proper drug testing, also kicked people a disabled individual, did not check that employees are legal aliens and tortured us with system crashes.

    • Jim

      No, there’s no way to have a totally consistent dress code in the airline flying industry. Hundreds of thousands of people flying. The main rule is airline staff can not be ignored and disobeyed. Complying in his case was super easy: just pull up the trousers some.

  • Lets be real. Anyone who wears their close like this should never have been allowed in the building no longer allowed to get on a plane or walking around in public. The only AH’s that wear there close like this are punks, white trash, and gang banging pieces of crap that should have bounty’s on their heads and a rewards given for as many as you can take.

    • trashlady

      you must be one of those angry , unemployed white guys. ha

  • concerned citizen

    Let get real again people. The NAACP is the black man’s worse enemy. They protect the worse kind of colored people the world has to offer and after 100+ years are still claiming their being held down by the Whiteman and are being profiled. Newsflash. It’s not hard to be profiled when you stick out like a sore thumb and make a spectacle out of yourself. freaks of nature will always be freaks of nature and if you act like a fools you’ll be treated as a fool. So when is your kind going to act and dress normal? That’s the real question. My observation ver the last 58 years is, never. The sad part about this all is the NAACP makes it bad for all the blacks who have their crap in one sock and are doing just fine.

    • trashlady

      what has the NAACP evr done to you ? Just curious. I’m sure you get lots
      of help though from the aryan brotherhood…right?

    • trashlady

      your issue is not with the NAACP. Your issue is really about how you feel about yourself in these hard times. No money, no job, no degree,. Look in the mirror so you can direct your hate in the proper direction.

  • goldwing

    Looks like this blog only wants to hear from the scumbucker gangbanging trash since I know a few people who have tried to post thier feeling and guess what, their post was not allowed. The good news is, baggy panty gangbangers are domestic terrorist and will be treated as such no matter what color, race or creed they are.

  • goldwing

    The best thing that could be done for this generations society is for the government to establish a dress code whereby you’ll either look and act like a human or you’ll be abolished. I use to think the hippies of the 1960 were scumbags and still do and there’s still a presence of their distasteful looks lurking around, but this particular breed of people have taken clothing and style beyond the expectations of the African jungle. I guess when mankind if left unmanaged the heathen within comes to the surface and shows its face and the worse that mankind has to offer prevails.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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