By MINA KAJI, ABC Information
(WASHINGTON) — In June, a black Southwest Airways flight attendant was moved to tears throughout a dialogue on race with one passenger who solely later recognized himself as American Airways CEO Doug Parker.
That emotional dialog has related them for all times, Parker says, and final weekend the 2 reunited over dinner.
“Much of our dinner focused on how the national conversation on race has become more divisive of late after some very important unifying progress this summer,” Parker wrote. “We can’t let that happen as a country.”
When 14-year Southwest worker JacqueRae Hill and Parker first met, Hill had a “heavy heart” after watching protests erupt nationwide following the demise of George Floyd.
Whereas at work, it wasn’t Parker however the e book he was studying , “White Fragility,” that caught her eye.
“So how is the book?” Hill requested after making her solution to the again of the plane and sitting within the empty aisle seat subsequent to Parker.
Hill recalled him telling her he was midway by way of it, however that it “really point[ed] out how important these conversations on race are.”
“As I began to respond, the tears just start[ed] falling,” Hill stated.
The 2 talked for a little bit over 10 minutes and it wasn’t till the tip of the dialog that Parker revealed his id to Hill.
When Parker disembarked from the aircraft, he handed Hill a handwritten observe telling her that she may e-mail him if she needed to proceed their dialog, including “much of the problem is we don’t talk about it enough.”
“We are not so different in what we want out of life,” Hill informed ABC Information on the time. “All we both wanted in that moment was peace and to be understood.”
Since then, Hill says, she has seen a few of the Black Lives Matter motion “hijacked by politics and people that are not for real transformative change,” however that she continues to be attempting to “lead with love.”
“As JacqueRae taught us all so well,” Parker stated, “having the courage to start conversations on race can change the world. Conversations lead to education, and education leads to action and transformational change.”
Hill is now beginning a YouTube channel in an try and create a judgement-free house the place individuals can discuss matters comparable to race.
“Doug thinks I woke him up,” Hill stated. “But he woke me up to my purpose in life.”
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