During the interview, the “BlackAF” actress addressed an unpleasant experience she had with American Airlines when, she claimed, she was racially profiled by a flight attendant.
It's a NEW DAY, STOP IT!!! Just treat people with respect and dignity and leave COLOR out of the equation. Pay attention to the PROTESTS..We are sick and tired, AMERICA is sick and tired!!!
— Shel Berry (@NYSWAGGER2011) June 7, 2020
“I got a huge apology, so thank you American Airlines for standing by and standing up and being responsible for your flight attendant’s behaviour,” she said. “So, I do appreciate that.”
Long detailed the in-flight incident: “This flight attendant was rude to another young Black woman who was pregnant and who had a toddler, who was sitting in the main cabin who came to the front of the plane to use the restroom”
“She said you may not use the restroom up here, you need to go back there. And immediately I was just like, where are we in the world where you’re not going to allow this woman to use the restroom? I don’t care what cabin she’s sitting in, it doesn’t matter,” Long continued.
“Do you not see what’s happening in the world? Where is your humility and your sense of integrity for humanity? She was pregnant and had a toddler. It just doesn’t make any sense. So at some point unions need to re-evaluate the way that they manage their employees, and corporations have to be responsible for that behaviour,” Long continued. “We have to change the way that we’re thinking. So really, what it boiled down to for me is, I felt like we were both being racially profiled, because she was rude to me, too.”