Alaska Airlines Under Fire for Separating Gay Couple on Flight to Give Seats to Heterosexual Couple
"We could not bear the feeling of humiliation for an entire cross-country flight and left the plane," David Cooley said in a Facebook post.
Alaska Airlines is apologizing for an act of blatant discrimination against a same-sex couple, but the damage is already done as #BoycottAlaskaAirlines is circulating social media.
"Diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of Alaska Airlines," the company said in a statement.
However, the current executive team is all white men and the first woman on the list is three-levels down from the CEO. Out of 25 executives listed, only four apparently are women.
"It takes an amazing effort to exclude women to this degree," DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti said.
As diversity initiatives begin from the top down, the bias of Alaska Airlines flight attendants show.
David Cooley, owner of the iconic Los Angeles gay bar, The Abbey, was on a flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport, when he and his partner experienced discrimination.
"After my traveling companion and I had been seated in our assigned seats for a while, we were approached by the flight attendant and my companion was asked to move from his premium seat to coach, so a couple could sit together," Cooley wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
"I explained that we were a couple and wanted to sit together. He was given a choice to either give up the premium seat and move to coach or get off the plane," Cooley wrote.
"We could not bear the feeling of humiliation for an entire cross-country flight and left the plane," Cooley added. "I cannot believe that an airline in this day and age would give a straight couple preferential treatment over a gay couple and go so far as to ask us to leave."
The airline issued an apology after Cooley shared his experience on social media.
"We mistakenly booked two people in one seat," the company said, in part. "We are deeply sorry for the situation," and added that an investigation is currently taking place.
But if the reactions on social media are any indication, Alaska Airlines is on the path to losing customers:
Accidents happen. Discrimination happens too. What's to investigate? You screwed up. You're standing on the wrong side of history on this, and you've lost my business forever. Shame on you. I call for all sensible people to boycott @AlaskaAir #boycottAlaskaAirlines
— A B (@alexbitterman) July 30, 2018
I will be boycotting Alaska Airlines. Removing a gay couple to make way for a straight couple is about as ridiculous as it gets. #BoycottAlaskaAirlines
— Emily Stutz (@SputzieBird) July 30, 2018
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C.J. Stanley Sr. walked his son outside of the school, and filmed his reaction to discrimination.
C.J. Stanley Sr. took his six-year-old son to A Book Christian Academy in Apopka, Fla., for his first day at school, but C.J. Jr. was turned away because of his dreadlocks. The school had a policy on no long hair for boys, and the fact that C.J. offered to put his hair in a pony tail didn't help.
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The men said they were wasting resources, meanwhile real terrorists were out there.
Three former federal air marshals, Steve Theodoropoulos, Henry Preston, and Ed Cunningham, said they were told by a supervisor to target "the Black people" when they worked in Orlando because "they're the ones who have warrants."
"But he didn't use 'Black people' he used the n-word," said Theodoropoulos.
"Should I go work for the KKK and try to help them not be so racist? Probably not," Rye stated.
The absence of diversity in the President Trump's administration has been a subject of ongoing debate.
In an interview on Thursday with "The Breakfast Club," a radio show based in New York City, Angela Rye, an attorney, political commentator and a leader of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, implied that the predominantly white, White House is intentional.
"This is the least diverse White House in decades," Rye said. "They are definitely trying to bring it back to the real white house."
According to an analysis from The New York Times, Trump's cabinet contains more white men than that of the last six presidents. Trump's 24-member advisory body has four women and four minorities.
The radio show hosts asked Rye if Black people should aspire to work in the White House to try and bring about change.
Rye responded: "Should I go work for the KKK and try to help them not be so racist? Probably not."
Trump's racism has been well documented, from calling immigrants "animals," "criminals," and "rapists," to his "sh**hole countries" comment about African countries, to saying Maxine Waters has a "low IQ," and calling Black athletes "sons of bitches."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said she "can't guarantee" that Trump has never used a racial epithet, yet also said the White House values diversity, and is trying to increase it.
After being pressed by reporters to give numbers of Black staffers in the West Wing, Sanders said, "I'm not going to do a count — the same way I'm not going to do a sit-down and count up the [number of Black] staffers that are in your news organizations."
In April, the White House drew backlash for its lack of diversity after releasing a photo of spring interns who appeared to be all white.
Obama's White House had seven women and 10 minorities in his first 22-member Cabinet, including Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor who sat in the West Wing, in many meetings including the situation room.
That's 32% female and 45% minorities for Obama, and 17% female and minorities for Trump.
Of Trump's White House: "There's not a single Black person shaping policy, sitting in the White House," said Rye. "Steven Miller, a bigot, is shaping immigration policy."
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"It's probably hard for anyone who works at Fox News to tell Black people apart because they've never worked with any."
Fox News attempted to pay tribute to icon Aretha Franklin, who passed away Thursday at age 76, but the network failed.
In a video tribute, viewers noticed that a graphic around the 3-minute 30-second mark had a glaring error, which anyone who understood and appreciated Black culture would have recognized.
The picture of Franklin alongside the text "1942-2018" is accurate. However, the picture in the upper right corner of a woman singing is actually Patti LaBelle.
Umm, is that Patti LaBelle in the corner? pic.twitter.com/PmUPpgc0zb
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 16, 2018
Fox News issued a statement of apology:
"We sincerely apologize to Aretha Franklin's family and friends. Our intention was to honor the icon using a secondary image of her performing with Patti LaBelle in the full screen graphic, but the image of Ms. Franklin was obscured in that process, which we deeply regret."
However, the image in question was taken during LaBelle's 2014 performance of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" for former President Barack Obama. Franklin was present at the event, but she did not perform with LaBelle.
Fox News is incorrect, again.
Twitter users, celebrities included, threw down the hammer at the network:
Fox News honored Aretha Franklin by using a graphic that contained a photo of Patti LaBelle. It's probably hard for anyone who works at Fox News to tell black people apart because they've never worked with any.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) August 17, 2018
It's 100% racist that Fox News used a picture of Patti Labelle instead of Aretha Franklin.
— Millennial Democrats (@Millennial_Dems) August 17, 2018
.@fox REALLY???? You don't know the difference between Aretha and Patti? Shame on you!!! pic.twitter.com/6BxCT05gZj
— Stephanie Boudreaux (@s_sboo) August 16, 2018
If you watched Fox News today you learned that the United States defeated Communist Japan and Aretha Franklin is Patti LaBelle
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) August 16, 2018