"Twist of racism"
I thought this was nice a nice piece: submitted by Mary Newell
Those of you who are frequent travelers may have seen this. As we know, we see discrimination in some form or another almost every day and often times it leaves a sour taste in our mouths. The following story that I read on a local US Airway shows us the side of diversity that we are all working for. It is a pleasant twist to see that there are some companies and individuals who face discrimination head on, if only one small step at a time. Enjoy reading the positive side of diversity.
On a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, a middle-aged, well-off white South African woman has found herself sitting next to a black man. She called the cabin crew attendant over to complain about her seating. "What seems to be the problem, Madam?" asked the white attendant.
"Can't you see? You've sat me next to a kaffir (the "N" word in S. A.). I can't possibly sit next to this disgusting man. Find me another seat!" "Please calm down, Madam," the stewardess replied. "the flight is very full today, but I'll tell you what I'll do-I'll go and check to see if we have any seats available in club or first class." The woman cocks a snooty look at the outraged black man beside her (not to mention many of the surrounding passengers). A few minutes later, the stewardess returns with the good news, which she delivers to the woman, who cannot help but look at the people around her with a smug and self-satisfied face. "Madam, unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full. I've spoken to the cabin services director, and club is also full. However, we do have one seat in first class." Before the woman has a chance to answer, the stewardess continues..."It is most extraordinary to make this kind of upgrade, however, and I have had to get special permission from the captain. But given the circumstance, the captain felt that it was outrageous that someone should be forced to sit next to such an obnoxious person. "With that, the stewardess turned to the black man and said, "So if you'd like to get your things, sir, I have your seat ready for you..."
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