We live in an age when racism should be long dead but unfortunately, it's alive and well, and one music executive from DC just encountered it at a Virginia airport.
Emmit Walker, who is black, was waiting to board his flight when a white woman behind him accused him of being in the wrong line and suggested he let her through. Walker posted the entire exchange on Facebook and it's since gone viral.
Here's how Emmit said it all went down:
Her: excuse me i believe you may be in the wrong place you need to let us thru. This line is for priority boarding
Me: priority meaning first class correct?
Her: Yes...now excuse me they will call y’all after we board
Me: *shove first class priority boarding pass in her face* you can relax ma’am I’m in the right spot, been here longer, so you can board after me
The woman behind him wasn't done. She then said to others, "He must be military or something, but we paid for our seats so he still should have to wait."
Emmit had an epic response to that too, telling her he's "too big to ever be in anybody's military" and explaining to her that he just had money.
Everyone in the line clapped and now, his Facebook post has been shared over 230,000 times.
UPDATED: Because Emmit is an amazing person, he followed up his viral post with another one where he apologizes to the woman for the backlash she is facing. He explained:
"This racist stuff is definitely a issue but this is not the solution to that issue... The story was definitely real, just like this issue is definitely real, but i now know that I myself should of handled it another way, or left it how it was, and not shared It publicly. When dealing with people i always try to stay on the side of Right, so to make sure I never do anybody wrong, I try to always put myself in that persons shoes, and ask how would I feel if that person did this to me, and if I was her this morning i would be a total wreak today, and that doesn’t help this situation, or her...it only makes them more angry, and bring more drama."