"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.."- Antoine de Saint Exupéry

A true story

I am so used to see discrimination in all aspects of life, so today, when we, Romanian Orthodox celebrate Easter, I will tell you a true story. It is not only a simple life story, it is also a lesson.

This  happened on TAM airlines.

A 50-something year old white woman arrived at her seat and saw that the passenger next to her was a black man.

Visibly furious, she called the air hostess.

“What’s the problem, mam?” the hostess asked her

“Can’t you see?” the lady said – “I was given a seat next to a black man. I can’t sit here next to him. You have to change my seat”

– “Please, calm down, mam” – said the hostess
“Unfortunately, all the seats are occupied, but I’m still going to check if we have any.”

The hostess left and returned some minutes later.

“Madam, as I told you, there isn’t any empty seat in this class- economy class.
But I spoke to the captain and he confirmed that there isn’t any empty seats in the economy class. We only have seats in the first class.”

And before the woman said anything, the hostess continued

“Look, it is unusual for our company to allow a passenger from the economy class change to the first class.
However, given the circumstances, the Pilot thinks that it would be a scandal to make a passenger travel sitting next to an unpleasant person.”

And turning to the black man, the hostess said:

“Which means, Sir, if you would be so nice to pack your handbag, we have reserved you a seat in the first class…”

And all the passengers nearby, who were shocked to see the scene started applauding, some standing on their feet.


23 responses

  1. Ela- you are Romanian? Wow! That was a beautiful story. It even made my eyes tear… That should happen more often… Where do you live?

    April 15, 2012 at 16:32

    • Yes my dear Felicia. I am one of many Romanians that live abroad, for the moment I am in UK… there are people saying also: I will not sit next to a Romanian… I am proud of being Romanian and I cannot stand injustice and racism… Still, I see it everywhere…:(

      April 15, 2012 at 16:36

      • unbelieveable… It is so sad- they are all so uneducated and one-sided. I would love to sit by a Romanian! What an honor… Check this out sometime- I am an archivist (into history, genealogy, and archaeology). We are all said to have come from an African woman. They call her Eve. —–http://www.archaeology.org/9609/abstracts/dna.html

        April 15, 2012 at 16:52

      • You will be surprised: I am a librarian and archivist also… I never got the chance to work in the field after graduating, I only managed to find jobs in different fields… but still… we have so many similarities… 🙂
        Yes, we have all the same roots.. I really believe it…:)

        April 15, 2012 at 16:56

      • You amaze me… No wonder I like you so much! Hahaha … Happy Easter my friend !

        April 15, 2012 at 17:12

      • 😆 I like you just the same Felicia!!!
        Thank you from the heart!!!! :* >:)< 😉

        April 15, 2012 at 17:16

  2. Best story I’ve read in a long time.

    April 15, 2012 at 16:47

    • Thank you for stopping by!!!!
      But also thanks to the Pilot/captain!!!! 🙂

      April 15, 2012 at 16:50

  3. Wonderful story:) Happy Easter!

    April 15, 2012 at 16:58

    • Thank you David! Please say that to Schtiel also, he celebrates Easter also today 🙂

      April 15, 2012 at 17:05

      • I shall!

        April 15, 2012 at 18:04

  4. Ela, what a great story. I will repeat it often today. Happy Easter to you and those you love.

    April 16, 2012 at 09:35

    • Thank you so much John… 🙂
      And Christ is Risen!!!! 🙂

      April 16, 2012 at 09:36

  5. People who are racists and discriminate on the basis of color, creed and cast, are those bunch of sadists who I feel have nothing good in their lives and so keep getting upset for no reasons and make a hue and cry for matters which are actually not issues at all. In the land of Lord everyone is equal, and those who fail to realize this are not worth being called humans.
    I love you for what you are Ela, you may belong to any where…but you are very special to me!
    Love and Hugs. 🙂

    April 16, 2012 at 15:46

  6. Queencheckmate

    Reblogged this on queencheckmate and commented:

    October 27, 2012 at 17:51

  7. Queencheckmate

    No words ! I hate RACISTS !


    October 27, 2012 at 17:55

    • Thank you for reblogging the story. I hate racists too, but unfortunately there are many around.
      I wanted to ask, what is Waves? Your name or your pseudonym? Name of Queen or name of King? Or it means something else?

      October 27, 2012 at 23:50

      • Queencheckmate

        I’m proud to reblog it, this story make me cry, thinking to a bad people tha lives beside us in this world.
        About Waves is not my name or a name of the Queen nor a King’s name, is a simple way to say “Greatings, or Bye” like the waves do everytime come to a beach and in the same way it is also a posture with your body’s surface area in contact with another warm surfaces… like the waves with the sea , is a way to show respect !
        Hugs and respect Ela , Have a nice day. ( Waves )

        October 28, 2012 at 06:41

      • Hugs and respect to you too, anonymous Queen. 🙂

        October 28, 2012 at 06:46

      • Queencheckmate

        Nods and waves Ela

        October 28, 2012 at 06:48

  8. Thank you for sharing that story. It was so unexpected and yet obvious in its simplistic, loving answer. I appreciate you checking out my blog. I hope you find it enjoyable and helpful.

    October 29, 2012 at 00:15

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  10. Sadly, it is everywhere and this story ended on a better note than most… Thanks for sharing it.

    November 5, 2012 at 22:57

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