Racism (this is a good lesson)

@Katlady2 (9920)
United States
March 5, 2007 4:45pm CST
This was sent to me this morning, and I wanted to share it with everyone. It is so disgusting that there are people like this among us. This scene took place on a British Airways flight between Johannesburg, South Africa and London, England. A white woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air hostess. "You obviously do not see it then?" she responded. You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat." "Be calm please," the hostess replied. "Almost all the places on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another place is available." The hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later. "Madam, just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the Economy Class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is also no seat in the Business Class. All the same, we still have one place in the First Class." Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued. "It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the Economy Class to sit in the First Class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone sooooo disgusting." She turned to the black man and said, "Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in First Class." At that moment, the other passengers, who'd been shocked by what they had just witnessed, stood up and applauded. This is a true story. If you are against racism, please pass this message on to all of your friends.
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23 responses
@Asylum (48058)
• Manchester, England
6 Mar 07
I absolutely love this one, and if this story is true then I would have happily applauded as well. We are all aware that racism is still alive and well, but it is about time that people moved away from such behaviour and learned how to live together. I have many black friends from several ethnic backgrounds and have never understood why people are more concerned about a person's colour than what the person is really like.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
7 Mar 07
Racism is getting pretty outdated as far as I'm concerned. And I'm like you--I don't understand why people place so much importance on the color of other people's skin.
@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
6 Mar 07
to tell you the truth i am shock that this still exsists unbelievable. i am glad you posted this story and i am happy that the air hostess showed the women that this things don't work no more..there were alote of mistakes in the past but now for sure there ain't going to be more racist mistakes! thank you kat it is important this post:)
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Thank you so much. More people need to have your kind of attitude.
@egroeg (6)
• United States
6 Mar 07
As I was reading this I was getting more agrivated by second. I thought the ending would be that the woman got first class seating. A pat on the back for the captain and the hostess. We are all the same in God`s eyes. Color means nothing to me. It is what is inside that counts.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I was thinking the same as I read it. God created us equal, and color should not mean a thing to anyone. Thanks.
@funkysid (56)
• India
6 Mar 07
its an insident truly i cant belive according to me their shoold be no rasial felling no 1 can deside in witch comunity 1 should born better do not have any ratial fellings
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
It would be a much better world without racism, for sure. Thanks.
@aretha (2538)
• United States
6 Mar 07
good good good as i was reading i thought i really hope they let him move cuz he should have to sit next to someone like that. good i hope she lernt to keep her mouth shut and hope she had a very uncomfortable flight. with everyone know what she was she had to be imbarrised. haha good
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Exactly how I felt! Thanks.
6 Mar 07
Hehehehehehe!!! Way to go !! :) I did liked that one!! I mean a lady with 50 years old already have enough age to learn things from life... but... dam... i guess she is those kind of dumb old ladys that live life and dont learn a thing... they just keep ignorant. Has that lady there's others and infortunally is a cancer in our society... it is stuppid the way that kind of people like the 50 years old lady thinks. So i would say ... Let's be racists against racism!!! Down with the racism.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I like how you put that! Very clever words. Thanks.
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
6 Mar 07
Is this really a true story? True or not, it's a very good story, I liked it. I wish it really was true!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
It would be nice if it really was true. I'm not sure if it is, but I still like it, just the same. Thanks.
@jimotman (633)
• Indonesia
6 Mar 07
wow! what a story.. the old woman is a really bad woman. and the hostess and captain of the plane are great people. I wonder how the old woman felt when she realize the one moved to the first class is the black man LOL. She really deserved it, and I'm sure she really felt embarrassed and I hope she realize that she had just humiliated herself. I really want to see her face when the crows applauded to what happened.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I think the look on her face would've been priceless! Thanks.
@farnix (52)
• Singapore
6 Mar 07
It's indeed a very good example which goes to show how much the world has to change. We are indeed similar to one another, color is only just what differ us from the different parts of the world. If that lady said that in my country, she would be fined and jailed for intentionally harming racial harmony.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Wow! Now that would set a really good example if other countries were to adopt that kind of law! Good for your country's leaders. Thanks
@acquaria (719)
• Italy
6 Mar 07
Wow this is a good lesson and an example for all the person that are so racist against every kind of things different from their things : I'm talking about the religion,the race,the colour of the skin and all the other different forms of racism.It's a shame that still now in 2007 the people are socially ignorant.We are all differents but we are all the same humans!!!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Very well put. Thanks.
• United States
6 Mar 07
I even though I hate the racism in this story. I love the ending!!!!!!!! How can a treat someone like that. But she does not deserve to have two seats to herself....no,no,no....she should have to pay for the seat next to her or leave. Nobody is going to feel comfortable sitting next to her. At first I thought they were going to give the that seat to her and then when I saw they gave it to him, I had to cheer!!! More places should do this to put these racists in their place.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
What a good idea! That probably would have ingrained the lesson into her head even more! Thanks for the wonderful response.
@shogunly (1406)
• Libya
6 Mar 07
It seems being objective is what is really impossible to learn . Its either racism and prejudice or the over-compensation of equal-opportunity and racial equality ,which is as insulting as the actual racism because it comes down to the same thing : a "different" treatment based on color .
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
You are so right. In this day and age, skin color STILL governs what happens in people's lives. I think the phrase 'equal opportunity' is just a sugar coated way of saying the word 'racist'. Thanks.
@mobyfriend (1019)
• Netherlands
6 Mar 07
This is an amazing story and talking of colour I hope that woman got so embarrassed by her behaviour that she turned red as a beet. I'll pass the story on.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Now, that would have been good to see! Thanks.
• United States
6 Mar 07
What a great story! Bravo to the Captain and hostess for what they did. Unfortunately, there are many such ignorant people still in this world.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Yes there are, aren't there? Pretty sad. Thanks.
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
6 Mar 07
I have read that quite sometimes ago. Whether the actual event is true or not, that is secondary since the message behind this story is that there are still many people out there believe that they belong to a more noble race than the others and the story also shows that there are people out there who would make you pay if you decide to be a racist. That's my opinion. Have a nice day!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
That is an opinion that I definitely agree with. Thanks for responding.
@joanana (770)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Well good for the hostess and the captain. Thank woman was completely in the wrong and a total b*tch. Gah, it's shocking that there are still people that continue to believe that the color of someone's skin determines their value as a person.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Very aptly put, hon. Thanks.
• Malaysia
6 Mar 07
Wow that was a good story =).Hopefully the old lady learns her lesson.I would like to clap again for this story.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
I was clapping for her when I read this the first time. Thanks.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
5 Mar 07
I would have paid good money to see that, well done British Airways. Racism should never be allowed and they dealt with it in an excellent way.
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Yes, it would have been absolutely priceless to see. Thanks.
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
5 Mar 07
All I can say is well done to the Captain as I will agree the Woman was well and truly out of order. There was no need for it.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
No there wasn't. Some people just amaze me with their ignorance and stupidity sometimes. Thanks hon.
@ironstruck (2299)
• Canada
5 Mar 07
A great story! Obviously in her world, this woman was greatly wronged. I suppose she has never left the sanctity of her "white" world before and was horrified that the whole world was not in fact "racist" as she maybe was led to believe they were. I can't believe how anyone can possibly think they are superior to other races because of something as ridiculous as "color." Really. When you think about it, the entire issue just makes little sense. It would be more on the mark to say there are two kinds of people in the world. Good people and bad people. Color is irrelevant. There and good and bad people in every race on earth. If the person beside me on a plane trip was black, rude and obnoxious, I would most assuredly ask for another seat. If the person beside me on a plane trip was white, rude and obnoxious, I would most assuredly ask for another seat. There is really nothing else to say.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
6 Mar 07
Very profound statements...and so true. You hit the nail right square on the head. Thanks for responding.