Recently, there have been two incidences at two separate schools in Georgia where slavery and racism have been openly displayed. The first was when a teacher used slaves in several math problems on the test. And just recently, a teach participated in a “slave game” being played by the students.
Talk about timing…. This story below came across my Facebook wall just a short while ago. It claims to be true, but I do not know the origin. Regardless, I believe you will enjoy the ending.
A 50-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man. Visibly furious, she called the flight attendant.
“What’s the problem, madam?” the flight attendant asked her.
“Can’t you see?” the lady said. “I was given a seat next to a black man. I can’t sit here next to him. You have to change my seat.”
“Please, calm down, madam,” said the flight attendant. “Unfortunately, all the seats here in economy are full, but I will still double-check for you.”
The hostess left and returned some minutes later.
“Madam, as I told you, there are no more empty seats in this classs. I checked with the captain, as well, and he did confirm that economy class is completely full. However, we do have a few open seats in first class.”
Before the woman passenger could respond, the flight attendant continued.
“Look, it is unusual for our airlines to allow a passenger from the economy class change to the first class. In your case, though, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it may cause potential problems to make a passenger such as yourself travel while sitting next to someone you find to be completely unpleasant.”
Then, turning to the black man, the flight attendant said:
“Which means, sir, if you would be so kind to gather up your things and grab any items you may have in the overhead compartment, we have reserved a seat for you in first class.”
All the passengers nearby who were within earshot and shocked to witness this scene all began applauding. Several even gave a standing ovation.
“There is adversity and challenge in life, and it’s all very real and relative to every single person, but the question isn’t whether or not you’re going to meet adversity, but how you’re going to meet it.” ~ Aimee Mullins