Airports are not happy places – even if they transport us to them. They are a breeding ground for passive-aggressive and just plain aggressive people who seem to leave their patience and common decency on the shuttle bus that transported them to the terminal gates.
It doesn’t matter how glamorous your destination is, there is nothing remotely exotic about waiting in a queue at the airport while a man in a high-viz jacket rummages through your personal belongings with a suspicious eye. We all want it to be over as quickly as possible.
We try our best to make our journey through the airport a pleasant experience – whether it be by indulging in a large glass of fizz in the departure lounge, or a priority boarding pass to help you skip the snaking queue as it shuffles onto the plane.
Sadly, few of us can afford to bump up our ticket to first class. That luxury is reserved for those with plenty of cents in the bank.
You know, the type of people who often wear a suit to fly (why?). The type who carry a briefcase rather than a bulky bag full of duty-free bargains. The type of people who appear to have their hand permanently attached to their iPhone as they make important phone calls.
So when Emmit Eclass Walker joined the priority boarding queue dressed in his hooded sweatshirt, he looked a little out of place. However, the 27-year-old was exactly where he was entitled to be because he had a first class ticket.
But this didn’t stop another passenger from making the rather racist assumption that Walker was in the wrong queue. Oh, yes, that’s right, Walker is black – not that it really matters in this modern world, right? Wrong…
“Excuse me,” said a blonde, white woman, who had joined the queue behind Walker, before patronizingly adding, “I believe you may be in the wrong place you need to let us thru. This line is for priority boarding.”
Surprised, but unperturbed by her assumption that he wasn’t in the right place – an assumption the woman made entirely on Walker’s skin color because she was wearing casual clothes for the flight – Walker delivered the perfect response.
“Priority meaning first class correct?” the music executive asked, preparing himself to drop the ultimate clap back.
“Yes… now excuse me they will call y’all after we board,” the woman said as disbelieving passengers at Ronald Reagen Washington Airport looked on. It was at this point that Walker “shoved” his first class boarding pass “in her face”.
“You can relax m’am I’m in the right spot, been here longer, so you can board after me,” he calmly told her, a feeling of immense satisfaction pulsing through him. However, the woman still wasn’t ready to abandon her queue-jumping quest.
“He must be military or something, but we paid for our seats so he still should have to wait,” she muttered to those around her, completely oblivious that the Washington, D.C. native had also paid for his ticket.
By this point, Walker was incensed by her racism. Unable to resist biting back, he turned to the woman and declared, loudly and proudly, “Nope too big to ever be in anybody’s military. I’m just a n*gga with money (sic).”
Immediately, the passengers surrounding the fraught pair began to clap in celebration of Walker’s shut down.
Evidently proud of his success, he went on to share the story with his friends on Facebook. Just like in the airport, users on Facebook applauded Walker for his simple but sweet retort to the racist white woman.
The post has since gone viral attracting nearly 650,000 likes on Facebook in a mere 24 hours. Immediately after Walker hit post, comments of support began to flood in. “White privilege is something else!!!!! I’m glad you stood your ground!” blasted one user.
“This is the world we live in sad… THIS IS A #HUMANPROBLEM THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED NOW,” wrote another.
Hopefully with the virality of Walker’s incident, a situation like this won’t happen again!
In the meantime, watch this adorable baby experience her first flight…