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[captured 2000-08-28 01:37:12 CDT (Aug Mon) 967444632]

I thought this was a great story:

As we know, we see discrimination in some form or another almost
every day and often times it leaves a sour taste in our mouths.  The
following story shows  us the side of diversity that we are all working
for.  It is a pleasant twist to see that there are companies and
individuals who face discrimination head on, if only one small step
at a time. Enjoy reading the positive side of diversity.  British
Airways should be applauded for their action in this situation!

On a British Airways flight from Johannesburg, a middle-aged,
well-off, white South African lady finds herself sitting next to a black
man.  She calls the cabin crew attendant over to complain about
her seating.

"What seems to be the problem Madam?" asks the attendant.

"Can't you see?" she says "You've sat me next to a kaffir.  I can't
possibly sit next to this disgusting human.  Find me another seat!"

"Please calm down, Madam." the stewardess replies. "The flight
is very full today, but I'll tell you what I'll do--I'll go and check to
see if we have any seats available in club or first class."

The woman cocks a snooty look at the outraged black man
beside her (not to mention many of the surrounding passengers).

A few minutes later the stewardess returns with the good news,
which she delivers to the lady, who cannot help but look at the
people around her with a smug and self-satisfied grin: "Madam,
unfortunately, as I suspected, economy is full.  I've spoken to the
cabin services director, and club also is full. However, we do
have one seat in first class."

Before the lady has a chance to answer, the stewardess
continues: "It is most extraordinary to make this kind of
upgrade, however, and I have had to get special permission
from the captain.  But, given the circumstances, the captain
felt that it was outrageous that someone be forced to sit next
to such an obnoxious person."

With which, she turned to the black man sitting next to the
woman and said: "So if you'd like to get your things, sir, I
have your seat ready for you."

At which point, the surrounding passengers stood and gave
a standing ovation while the black guy walked to the front of
the plane.
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