|Go British Airways!
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 shows
us the side of diversity that we are all working for. It is a pleasant twist to
see that there are companies and individuals who face discrimination head on, if
only one small step at a time. Enjoy reading the positive side of diversity...I
applaud British Airways for their action in this situation!
On a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, a
middle-aged, well-off white South African Lady 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 attendant. "Can't you
see?" she said "You've sat me next to a kaffir (what some South Africans call
black people). I can't possibly sit next to this disgusting human. 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 lady, who cannot help but look at the people around her with a smug and self
satisfied grin: "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 lady 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 circumstances, the captain felt that it
was outrageous that someone be forced to sit next to such an obnoxious person." With which,
she turned to the black man sitting next to the woman, and said: "So if you'd like to
get your things, sir, I have your seat ready for you." At which point, apparently the
surrounding passengers stood and gave a standing ovation while the black gentleman walked
up to the front of the plane.
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