Angie Jones thought she and her girls needed a vacation, and decided to do so in style. Unfortunately, the trip was clouded by racism from the onset.
Taking to Twitter on July 27, the software developer says she boarded a flight with nine other Black women as they all sat in first class.
"People literally could not process how it was possible," she wrote. "Staff tried to send us to regular lines. Passengers made snide remarks. One guy even yelled 'are they a higher class of people than I am?!'"
this weekend I went on a girls trip. 10 Black women flying first class. People literally could not process how it was possible.— Angie Jones (@techgirl1908) July 28, 2021
Staff tried to send us to regular lines. Passengers made snide remarks. One guy even yelled "are they a higher class of people than I am?!"
Jones, the Senior Director of Developer Relations at Applitools, holds 26 patented inventions in the United States of America and Japan, and is an IBM Master Inventor. But all those who questioned her presence in the first class cabin saw was the color of her skin. Her tweets inspired many to share their own stories of racism.
I’m brown and this happened to me. I had enough credits to upgrade my flight from SFO to YYZ to biz class. Standing the priority boarding queue a white man behind me told me I may be in the wrong queue. Showed him my boarding pass, aisle seat at row 1. He shut up quick.— marino (@virtualized6ix) July 28, 2021
For the last 15 years, I have traveled almost weekly, usually in First Class. I have had wypipo say it all including "They called First Class" when I'm trying to Board to "Are you in 2A or 12A" when I'm already in my assigned & paid for 2A window seat. Racism is All American.— I Am NikkiFree (@iamnikkifree) July 28, 2021
If I had a dollar for every time I saw a white guy in a sport coat step right in front of a black person who is waiting to board with group 1, I would be a wealthy man. It's like every time...— Mark (@mjc_ct) July 28, 2021
REAL TRUTH!! 👏🏽👏🏽One time in first class the flight attendant who *just served me orange juice* asked me if I was in the right section when a little later I stood up to use the 1st class restroom. That means: 1) she didn’t actually see me 2) I looked like I don’t belong there. 😏— Farzana Nayani (@farzananayani) July 28, 2021
For those who didn’t believe her story, Jones had words for them as they further proved how systemic racism is alive and well.
“Don't have the spoons to reply to everyone but to those saying I'm lying, you're a huge part of the problem you tell yourself a notable person is lying (for what reason, I cannot figure out) before you believe there are actual racists in...America,” she tweeted. “FYI, yall look really foolish.”
don't have the spoons to reply to everyone but to those saying I'm lying, you're a huge part of the problem— Angie Jones (@techgirl1908) July 28, 2021
you tell yourself a notable person is lying (for what reason, I cannot figure out) before you believe there are actual racists in...America
FYI, yall look really foolish
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