- An unknowing black flight attendant started a candid conversation about ‘White Fragility’ book and race relations with a white guy who happens to be the CEO of a different airline.
- ‘White Fragility’ book talks about how white people are horrible in talking about racism and that real conversation is needed.
- The Southwest Airlines flight attendant had no idea she was talking to the CEO of American Airlines who handed her a note that says: “I am saddened that we as a society have progressed so slowly on an issue that has such a clear right vs. wrong”.
The death of George Floyd has saddened and enraged people from all races not just black and white. Ensuing protests have spread across the country and not just in Minneapolis where it happened.
In a post shared on Facebook, Flight Attendant Jacque Rae Hill who is black, noticed a white guy carrying a book entitled “White Fragility”. While in flight, she interacted on race relations with the passenger who later turned out to be American Airlines CEO Doug Parker. The book emphasizes how important conversations on race are.
Hill’s sadness over the Floyd case and the talk with Parker made her cry and thought that she may have startled Parker because she dumped her emotions on him. On the contrary, Parker thanked her for coming to speak to him and replied with an apology. “It’s our fault that this is like this.”
It was only when Parker asked for her name did Parker reveal that he’s the CEO of American Airlines. Hills’s mother works for the American Airlines in Washington, D.C.
Hill also shared an image of the note that Parker handed her which read, “I am saddened that we as a society have progressed so slowly on an issue that has such a clear right vs. wrong”.
Later in an email to American Airlines Executives, Parker reportedly wrote “The best I could do was tell her that the book talks about how white people are horrible at talking about racism, and that what we need are real conversations”. “She agreed. I told her I was trying to learn and through tears and a mask, she said, ‘So am I.’ “
This chance encounter between the Southwest Airlines attendant and the American Airlines CEO happened because all seats to Panama City were sold on American Airlines.
Source: The HILL