Thursday, 22 May 2008

White outside, black inside

This is supposed to be a true story. It has probably crossed your inbox or you might have heard it before but I can't resist posting it here and sharing it with you all once again.

The following scene took place on a flight between Johannesburg and London.

A White woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a Black man. Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air Hostess.

'Madam, what is the matter,' the Hostess asked.

'You obviously do not see it then?' she responded.

'You placed me next to a Black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat.'

'Be calm please, the Hostess replied. 'Almost all the seats on this flight are taken. I will go to see if another seat is available.'

The Hostess went away and came back a few minutes later. 'Madam, just as I thought, there are no other available seats in Economy class. I spoke to the Captain and he informed me that there are also no seats in the Business class. All the same, we still have one seat in First class.'

Before the woman could reply, the Hostess continued: 'It is unusual for our company to permit someone from Economy class to sit in First class. However, given the circumstances, the Captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting.'

She turned to the Black man and said, 'Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in First class.'

At that moment, the other passengers who were shocked by what they had just witnessed stood up and applauded.


Lets all make a prayer against Racism and make a conscious effort not to promote it in any way.


teeB@ said...

Superb! Everytym i read this article (mail/now blog) it actually brings smile to me.
Serves her Rite !!! :)

Farhan Hafeez said...

I don't get it ... she just wants the black guy to be away from him .. it is racism anyways ...

This statement tells it ....

'You placed me next to a Black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat.'

Farhan Hafeez said...

Seems to me that she was wicked/clever enough to change her statement in the end ....

Syra said...

what change of statement?'s a racist remark all way doubts.

Farhan Hafeez said...

Oh .... my mistake :P ....

I thought the last statement is by the racist lady, its from the Hostess ... Nice :)

mOi said...

Thanks for sharing ... so British Airways hire witty people ;-)

hadi said...

nice i like it :)

bilal said...

the racism depicted here by the white lady,
brings back the memory of an old tv show that used to air on ptv or stn i guess, named "roots".
in that show, the struggle of black americans against the racist white was highlighted

Syra said...

o yes, I recall that show. Roots has a book on it too.

khany said...

thanks for sharing, syra.

it can be perilously difficult to challenge prejudices that become accepted and deeply entrenched in society. but it's something that must be done against all odds.

i find many people find comfort and even pleasure in picking the west for its poor record on race relations. the difference between them and us, however, is that they recognized their major problem and are trying root it out. on the other hand our own culture continues to propagate its biases shamelessly :(

Syra said...

Yes, it's a shame. What's even more disappointing is how proudly & egoistically people rationalize and justify their mentality of racism. It's pitiful.

It's good to see that a youngster like you who has been living abroad for quite some time now, still calling "us" when referring to East. I have seen some fellows totally change skins after living in the west for a week :p. They just don't want to be associated from where they came from.

Talking about racism here, let me mention some very common practices
1)It's an offense, a sin,and totally unacceptable for some Pathan families to marry out of caste. Even some Syed families are dead strict of marrying only into Syeds. Same is the case with many other tribes and castes. Even worse, some educated individuals recognize it as wrong yet surrender to it for personal interest or God knows what.Uff!
2)In many business dealings, hirings the person or party of same caste is preferred even if the competency is lower.

3)Everybody is aware that the Holy Prophet(p.b.u.h) never discriminated, rather provided the workers\slaves with better than he himself wore\ate. All of us celebrate milad nabi etc, and send daroord and at the same time in almost every second household there is a separate set of crockery
for the servants and maids. The household doesn't want them to be eating in the same dishes or even the same table.

We are a Muslim nation yet so many UnIslamic trends. When will the true Islamic spirit prevail? When will be stop submitting\following these ridiculous prejudices.When?