Yes, America: African-American Women can fly airplanes.

Posted: September 17, 2011 in African American Stories and Viewpoints, Celebrations, Editorial, News and politics
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Dear America:

There was something historic that happened this week. No, I’m not talking about the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.  I’m talking about Delta Airlines. The same Delta Airlines that now has 4 African-American Women flying airplanes and serving as crew attendants. Now, this is a historical moment due to the fact that for the first time, in the now Aviation era, that Black Women aren’t just serving as crew attendants. Or ticket attendants. Now it’s adding to the resumes of Pilots. I want to applaud the sisters for making that achievement in history, particularly Black History, because it’s been awhile since this name Bessie Coleman, and this group of the Ninety Nines, came into play as being the firsts of aviation for African-American Women.

Now I know that there are going to be some haters of saying “so what”. Or in this case, “why it gotta be four African-American females? That’s racist!” This moment in history with the 4 African-American Women is just as the same when a black polo team from Philadelphia last year won a championship – EVEN THAT was making history. It was not promoting nor encouraging racism of any kind. Now that this historical step for the 4 Women has been put out there, it is also general proof that not “all blacks are the same.” Some dude on the Real Milwaukee Facebook Page had to make a joke of that recently, which booted the person off the site. NEWS FLASH! Just because I’m the same color as let’s say………Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Greg Jennings, does not mean I’m the same person as Greg Jennings. Or take a female like Milwaukee’s own Congresswoman Gwen Moore. Yeah, we’re African-American. But we don’t think the same. Get the picture?

So if I am on a airplane with the four women, no I will not be exposed to that Kevin Hart movie of Soul Plane. I would exposed to professionalism, equality, and common courtesy. That’s it. I expect that in all services of businesses and organizations.  And to top it off, I want that in ALL businesses! In conclusion, let us be mindful that African-Americans have come a long way in making things possible for this country. There were times that the so-called judgment audience still believes that all African-Americans are all bad, stupid, lazy, can’t find a job, sagging pants loving, can’t graduate from high school or college, have to be ballers and rappers and etc. But I will say that African-Americans CAN go to college, finish high school, don’t have to be thuggish to impress, and CAN get the jobs as much as the Caucasian audience. Or any Audience. Oh, did I mention that businesses at times can hide behind racism and stereotypes too? Reference what I went through back in 2010.

In again, African-Americans had made history, and now still making history.


Stephen’s Spot


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