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Black Minnesota Woman Praises Delta For How They Handled White Woman Who Racially Harassed Her

Demetria Poe / Facebook

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Ben Acosta

Written by Ben Acosta

Ben Acosta is an Arizona-based fiction author and freelance writer. In his free time, he critiques media and acts in local stage productions.