Fighting Racism


…Even If It Is An Urban Myth

On TAM Airlines a story has been told of a 50-something-year-old white lady who sat down next to a black man.  She was furious, so complained to the stewardess. “Can't you see?” she asked the stewardess, “I have been seated next to a black man. You need to change my seat,” she insisted.”  The stewardess tried to calm her down and told her the plane was full but she’d check if there were any extra seats.

She returned a few minutes later and told her, that she was indeed correct; there were no more seats in economy class, but there were seats in first class.  She added, “it is unusual for our company to allow a passenger from the economy class change to the first class. However, given the circumstances, the commandant thinks that it would be a scandal to make a passenger travel sat next to an unpleasant person.”

She then turned to the black man and said, “which means, Sir, if you would be so nice to pack your handbag, we have reserved you a seat in the first class…” All the passengers who were sitting nearby started applauding, with some of them even giving a standing ovation!


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