The Independent, a large and well respected UK publication, published an article revealing "that derogatory remarks about race [at British Airways] are so common they are treated as normal."
This information was exposed by a current Brutish Airways pilot, Captain Doug Maughan, who decided "to go public with his complaints after struggling to persuade BA's management to take racism among its senior staff seriously. He has complained by email to BA's chief executive, Willie Walsh, but says no action was taken."
According to Captain Maughan, "[w]hat is common among white flying crew in BA is the use of mildly derogatory, sometimes jokey, language about other races, mainly aimed at black and Asian groups. Because it's so common, it's hard to tackle: it's ... the norm and rarely even noticed."
These revelations will certainly not surprise many. Nonetheless, I congratulate Captain Maughan for having the courage to tell the world the truth about the cultural attitude towards Black and Asian peoples at Brutish Airways. It is never easy to do the right thing, particularly in this case where Maughan had repeatedly complained to Brutish Airways officials and even received threatening emails for doing the right thing.
I must also commend The Independent for taking the time to focus on the inhumane and degrading treatment received by 136 Nigerians on the March 27th Brutish Airways flight. Many other publications in the U.K. and around the world have ignored this story, but thanks to the Independent's investigative work, and let's not forget The Daily Mirror (which covered the story first), Nigerians have a voice in demanding that all customers, regardless of their color or national heritage, be treated equally and respectfully.
Brutish Airways has seemingly not taken the threatened boycott and Nigerian demands for an apology seriously. The company, under its leader Willie Walsh, who I again say should be fired, has shown its disregard for Nigerians by ignoring summons to meet with Nigerian federal government officials. The company has also refused to properly address concerns raised by the boycott organizers. These actions, or rather non-actions, more than anything else, are a clear illustration of what Brutish Airways really is. I leave you to draw your own conclusions.
Hattip to Chxta for kindly sending me the link to this news story.
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