Three young women faced every daughter’s nightmare when their mother passed away from cancer. Before her passing, her children, Makia Underwood, 32, Zakia Clark, 29, and Tasha Clark, 27, began to wear hats and shirts that read “F— Cancer.” The “C” in “F—” is replaced by a breast cancer awareness ribbon. It was their way of addressing a disease that they watched steal their mother from them. “That’s how we feel,” Zakia Clark told Philly.com. “It took our mom away. It’s a demon. It’s the devil. There are no other words you can use to explain how you feel. You want cancer to get cancer and die.”

Their passionate stance against cancer got them in trouble. Zakia and Tasha were kicked out of King of Prussia Mall for wearing their “F— Cancer” hats last Sunday.

Philly.com reports:

The ladies had just sat down when a security guard approached them and, without a greeting, ordered: “‘Take your hats off.” Zakia took hers off, but Tasha, who once worked at the mall, told the guard she wanted to see something in writing. It was almost as if Tasha were channeling their mother’s strong spirit, Zakia said, and it inspired her to put her own hat back on.

“He said, ‘Since you don’t want to take your hat off, you can leave my mall,” Zakia recalled. “He stood there while we ate and threatened to call the cops.” […] As the group was escorted to the mall office, Makia called and met up with them. Once they got to the office, the women were met by an Upper Merion Township police officer, who had been called to the mall by security guards.

“The officer said, ‘I find it offensive that you even have that hat that says ‘F— CANCER,’ ” Zakia said. “He said, ‘It’s their mall, they want you out, you have to get out.’ The women were escorted out, and two security cars were waiting for them at their car just to make sure they left, Zakia said.”

When news outlets began looking into the incident, a spokesman for the company that owns King of Prussia Mall, Les Morris, called Zakia to apologize.

He told the People Paper: “Certainly this could have been handled in a much more empathic and sensitive manner. We’re very sorry about her loss and wanted to apologize for the way her party was treated.”

He added: “I do think this is an entirely different situation than a 16-year-old kid with a swear word on his T-shirt cruising the mall. We need to be empathic, sympathetic, and listen and make sure that we’re approaching each situation as it comes up.”

Zakia accepted Morris’ apology and in good faith, the daughters changing a planned protest at the mall entrance into an awareness rally about cancer.

What are your thoughts on the incident, Clutchettes?


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  • DC

    A lot of up tight adults are upset when they see that word on the shirt,but if the same adults opened their eyes a lot of store in the mall sell offensive slogans on a clothes.

  • talaktochoba

    booyah, as you like to call yourself, until you’ve outrun police dogs back to your car or up a tree, survived being surrounded by the Klan miles from home, and outrun a gauntlet of brick throwing parents back to your bus your first day of second grade, you really should be careful who you call a moron;

    the N-word is the vilest, evilest, most despicable, dehumanising, degrading in any lexicon ever because that is exactly what is was deigned and meant to be from its inception;

    just as it’s impossible to dress up Nazi, pedophile, genocide, sociopath and a host of other lesser words, there is simply no way to decorate or dress up this word because it was designed to defeat any and all attempts to do so;

    yes, our grandmothers always told us when life gives you lemons make lemonade, but they also said you can’t make sugar out of s**t;

    I’ve had enough of it thrown at me and left in my school lockers to know it when i smell it, and in the case of the antics of this mall, i can smell it all the way down here in Louisiana;

  • talaktochoba

    booyah, you mean like how crime creeper up into Newtown, or up Behring Gabby Gifford’s or into a movie theatre in Colorado?

    apparently you find that level of crime acceptable because it didn’t come from the poorer, “lesser” elements on public transportation;

    you must be one of those black Republicans we keep hearing about–didn’t get your invite to CPAC this year?