A Black woman from Minneapolis is praising Delta Airlines for taking a stand against racism, after she was harassed by another passenger.
This comes as our country talks more on race relations.
A Black woman who said she was harassed by a white passenger on a recent Delta Air Lines flight is praising the company for taking a stand against racism, NBC News reports.https://t.co/6DSotE42Hz
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) September 7, 2020
Demetria Poe explains she was traveling to Washington, D.C. on Thursday to participate in the Commitment March for civil rights. A White woman sat next to her and Poe even helped her with her bags.
However, the stranger left her seat and came back wearing a Blue Lives Matter mask and pin. The concept of “Blue Lives” started in retaliation to Black Live Matter (BLM) protests as a form of counter protest.
While it was unnerving for Poe, the woman didn’t say anything right away. However, that quickly changed after takeoff.
As Poe described it, the woman said:
“I support blue lives because I support our officers.”
Poe calmly responded, explaining:
“Blue lives do not exist. 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 has been disregarded time after time after time.”
The woman continued the conversation with racist talking points about how Africans sold the most slaves and being brought to America was the best thing for Black people since they could “work [their] way up” in this country.
Eventually, another set of passengers joined the conversation in defense of Poe. More importantly, the flight attendants offered to move the woman.
After the flight, they told Poe that passenger would no longer be flying with Delta, as the company takes a hardline stance against racism.
"Black woman harassed by white passenger on Delta flight praises company for response – NBC News"
— Ria #notmypresident (@MuchLoveRia) September 7, 2020
The company replied to Poe's viral Facebook post, writing, "When we say Black lives matter, we mean it. You matter to us, Demetria."
— Leslie Rasmussen, Ph.D. (@Leslie_Ras) September 4, 2020
Black woman harassed by white passenger on Delta flight praises company for response – NBC Newshttps://apple.news/ADFbNdVuVTEm5CjQ97crs-g
This still makes em smile to see this headline. Standing up for this fellow American was absolutely the right thing to do @Delta
— David (@crichton007) September 7, 2020
I just read an article about a black woman who was harassed by a white woman on your Minneapolis flight. She said how nice and support the flight attendants and other passengers were to her and the gift she received. I will be flying Delta all the time. 🙏🏽
— LadyD (@LadyD24463818) September 7, 2020
Poe told USA Today she believes the White woman was trying to start an argument with her, but she didn’t let it escalate.
“I feel like in that situation they do want to see a Black woman get angry.”
On her return flight home, Poe received another surprise. This one was much nicer.
Poe found her seat for the return flight was upgraded and she received a special gift from Delta. It included a “Thank you” card, Delta branded goods and a Black Lives Matter enamel pin.
Delta’s official Facebook page commented on Poe’s post, saying:
“When we say Black lives matter, we mean it. You matter to us, Demetria.”
As nice as this is, there’s always people wanting to debate the point.
She switched her mask deliberately as a provocation. And then spewed lies about Floyd. Cruel and sick.
— Aaron (@AaronMarx) September 4, 2020
Apparently you know about them so they are being reported. Kind of ironic that you post this though. 🤣
— Jared (@phillyguy001) September 8, 2020
And she kept her composure the whole time, too. Why am I pointing that out? Because if I were in her shoes at her age, not sure I would have…except she KNEW this woman was trying to goad her. Good on Delta, but awesome young woman https://t.co/n04jiBuTWo
— Robin Bull – Top Rated Plus Writer (@TheRobinBull) September 8, 2020
Poe’s Facebook post about the incident has been shared thousands of times with many people praising the company for their swift and decisive action regarding racism. Poe herself was very positive in regard to Delta’s stance and language on the matter.
She told USA Today:
“This is a major corporation saying that Black lives matter. It was very heartwarming. I cried because I look at God using me for the movement.”