07 September 2020 22:34
A black woman has praised Delta Air Lines for standing up to racism after being harassed by a white woman she was sitting next to on a recent flight. Demetria Poe, a nursery teacher who lives in Minneapolis, was travelling to Washington DC at the end of August for the Commitment March, a civil rights rally. Writing in a Facebook post last week that has since gone viral, Ms Poe explained that she sat down next to the white passenger after helping her with her bags. The Blue Lives Matter movement shows support for police officers and has been criticised for equating a removable uniform with a person's race, as well as diminishing the disproportionate numbers of black people killed by law enforcement in the US. Ms Poe said in her post: "She proceeded to remain silent until take off but once we took off she started the conversation with me by saying, 'I support blue lives because I support our officers.'" The life of an officer exists but there is no such thing as a blue life and that statement is nothing but a rebuttal to the fact that BLM [Black Lives Matter] has been disregarded time after time after time," she added.
Ms Poe said in her post that the woman continued to make offensive comments, including that "Africans from the west sold the most slaves" and that "having blacks in America has been the best thing for them because they can work they [sic] way up". I feel like in that situation they do want to see a black woman get angry," she said. Eventually, the white passengers around her spoke out in Ms Poe's defence, while a flight attendant offered to relocate the woman elsewhere on the aircraft. On her return flight, Ms Poe discovered that Delta had upgraded her seat and gifted her a goodie bag containing a journal, a luggage tag and a Delta Black Lives Matter pin. I just thank God that this didn't flip onto me because too many cases black people are guilty until proven innocent," she wrote.
Poe says the woman proceeded to make statements disparaging Black Americans. Once we landed in DC they told me that she would not be flying with Delta anymore because they do not personally or as a company stand for racism and discrimination," Poe states. "So yesterday on my flight home I got a special delivery, my seat was upgraded before I even boarded, and I got some gifts from Delta," Poe said. A Black woman was reportedly harassed on a Delta Air Lines flight by a White woman as she traveled to Washington DC. Demetria Poe, a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was going to the capital city in August for the Commitment March – a civil rights rally – when an unidentified woman made her feel unsafe and uncomfortable.
Describing the whole incident, Poe wrote on Facebook: "So on my way to the Commitment, March in DC on Thursday, a White woman who I helped with her bags sat next to me on the plane. She left her seat and came back with a Blue Lives Matter mask on and a pin to match. But the White woman did not understand her view, and made comments, like "Africans from the west sold the most slaves", "The reason Blacks we're 3/4th was because the south would have to many votes" and "Having Blacks in America has been the best thing for them because they can work their way up". Poe also wrote in her social media post that on her way back to Minneapolis, she found that Delta upgraded her seat. She also received a goodie bag containing a journal, a luggage tag and a Delta Black Lives Matter pin. I just thank God that this didn't flip onto me because too many cases Black people are guilty until proven innocent," she said. Delta also replied to her post and wrote, "When we say Black lives matter, we mean it. Based on an idea from one of our flight attendants, Delta has designed an optional pin for our people to wear while in uniform in support of the Black Lives Matter movement." A black woman who was harassed by a white passenger on a flight in the US has praised the airline for standing up to racism. Teacher Demetria Poe was on her way to a civil rights rally in Washington DC last month when she encountered the woman, who made a number of offensive comments. Eventually other passengers intervened, and Delta Airways flight crew offered to move the woman. When she boarded for her return flight, she found the airline had prepared her a goodie bag that included a luggage tag and a Delta Black Lives Matter pin. Describing the unpleasant exchange, Ms Poe wrote on Facebook: "So on my way to the Commitment March in DC on Thursday, a white woman who I helped with her bags sat next to me on the plane. "She left her sit and came back with a blue lives matter mask on and a pin to match. "The life of an officer exist but there is no such thing as a blue life and that statement is nothing but a rebuttal to the fact that BLM has been disregarded time after time after time. Ms Poe said that as she was leaving the flight, she was told that the woman would not be allowed to fly with Delta anymore. She wrote: "So yesterday on my flight home I got a special delivery, my seat was upgraded before I even boarded, and I got some gifts from Delta.