A black woman who said she was recently molested by a white passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight praised the company for speaking out against racism.
Demetria Poe, who lives in Minneapolis, said she was traveling to Washington DC for the Commitment March, a civil rights rally, on Thursday when a white passenger returned to her seat wearing a Blue Lives Matter face mask.
Blue Lives Matter shows support for police officers and is considered the antithesis of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“She was silent until take-off, but when we took off she started the conversation with me by saying,”
Poe said the woman continued to make inflammatory comments, including, “Having black people in America was best for her because they can work their way up.”
Eventually, other passengers on the plane spoke to defend Poe, and a flight attendant offered to move the woman’s seat. Poe didn’t immediately return a request for comment on Saturday.
She told USA Today in an interview on Wednesday that she believed the woman tried to start an argument with her but she was not engaged.
“… She didn’t have to turn that mask over in my presence. She didn’t do it for anyone. It was like making a statement and wanting me to know,” Poe told the point of sale. “I have a feeling in this situation you want to see a black woman get angry.”
Poe wrote on Facebook that on her return flight with Delta, she learned that her seat had been upgraded and that the airline had left her a gift. She posted a video of her opening the gift, which included a diary, luggage tag, and pin for Black Lives Matter.
The Facebook post was shared more than 5,000 times. Poe said she wanted to share her story in order to urge other companies to “take a stand!”
“This is why I will only fly Delta Air Lines! At this point I make myself a Delta Ambassador. I thank God this has not passed on to me because too many blacks are guilty cases up until their innocence is proven, “she wrote.
A Delta spokesman told NBC News in a statement on Saturday: “The actions of our employees in the air and on the ground set us apart as a company that brings humanity into air travel.”
“Based on an idea from one of our flight attendants, Delta has designed an optional pin that our uniformed staff can wear to support the Black Lives Matter movement,” the spokesman continued. “We are very busy making sure that real justice is within reach for the Black Community, and it’s part of our culture to showcase the efforts of our customers and employees. Currently, these Pins are for our employees and are not available to customers but our teams chose to include a pin for this client as part of their gesture. “