Discrimination of any kind is not acceptable – whether it’s on the basis of someone’s caste, colour, creed or religion. While eventually, we are moving towards making this world a better place to live in, where everyone is equal, there are people who still have orthodox beliefs.
One such incident took place when a white woman couldn’t believe that a black man, Emmit Walker was standing in the “first class” queue at the airport. The man posted the entire conversation he had with her on his Facebook account and captioned it, “This lady is funny lmao!”
Walker was waiting to board his flight at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in DC to the Dominican Republic for his birthday. The woman who was standing behind him wanted to cut him off the line and questioned if he belonged there. Walker had put up the entire conversation online, but later when he realized it had gone viral, he apologized to the woman for making her picture public.
He posted his apology on Instagram and wrote: “When I posted that post on Facebook I didn’t expect all that to come from it. I can honestly name the four or five people I thought would comment with something funny, and that will be it. This racist stuff is definitely a issue but this is not the solution to that issue. It brings me no joy waking up in paradise to for my 37 bday and knowing that woman might be going threw hell. The story was definitely real, just like this issue is definitely real, but i now know that I myself should of handled it another way, or left it how it was, and not shared it publicly.”
A few months ago something similar happened with Sudha Murthy, wife of Narayan Murthy who was boarding a flight at the International Heathrow airport in London. “Go and stand in the economy class queue. This line is for business class travelers,” a woman told her and the best part was what happened next. In an interview, Murthy said that she could have shown her boarding pass and cleared all doubts about her “class” in no time, but she waited to find out how, according to the lady, she was not befitting for business class standards. “Soon I realized it was because of my dress!”
Later in the evening, Murthy had to chair an event and she met the same woman who mistreated her wearing a plain khaki saree to suit the theme of a meeting. The woman, was indeed shocked. “The clothes were a reminder of the stereotype that is still rampant today. Just like one is expected to wear the finest of silks for a wedding, social workers must present themselves in a plain and uninteresting manner,” she wrote in one of her books, narrating the incident.
We live in the 21st century and while we say we are moving towards a better society for all, there are still certain perils that we need to eradicate completely and one such peril is discrimination.
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