I have purposely ignored this story because I didn’t want to believe that there was any merit to it. Surely, there had to be more to the report. After all, how could a 60 year old man viciously slap a 19 month old baby, instruct his mother to shut her “nigger baby up”, and expect to sip his Coke on the rocks like nothing ever happened?
Well, that’s exactly what happened on a Delta Flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta this week, and no, there is nothing more to the story. This was not retaliation for the baby crip walking over to his seat and calling him a ‘mofo’ earlier in the flight. The guy was just an evil douche bag who somehow felt justified enough to touch a child that was not his own.
Here is the link story so that we can discuss.
So let’s just put this into context. Think about your race/ethnicity for a moment. Now: The plane is about to land, the altitude changes, and your baby’s ears begin to pop. You’re trying to soothe him, already flustered because flying is so uncomfortable anyway. Suddenly, an irate, sweaty, ogre-ish looking man turns around, opens his palm and screams:
“Shut your wetback baby up!”
“Shut your curry eating baby up!”
“Shut your honky/cracker baby up!”
“Shut your Jap baby up!”
“Shut your kike baby up!”
“Shut your nigger/tar baby up!”
…and then: SLAPS your wailing child.
My heart is racing just thinking about it.
What would you do? Discuss! Discuss!!!