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Twitter Reacts After the United Airlines Story Moves to the Victim-Blaming Stage

By Grainger Heavensbee | Social Media | April 11, 2017 |


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Yesterday, a man on a United flight was brutally “re-accommodated” by Chicago police to make room on the flight for United staff. The action was uncalled for, unfair, and heinous. United shouldn’t have pulled the guy off the plane, and the Chicago police shouldn’t have acted with such force. Disturbing video emerged later in the day which made the situation even worse: The man pulled off the plane can be seen here with a bloody mouth saying “Just kill me.”

Faced with a nightmare PR scandal, what could United possibly do?

Blame the victim, of course.

The woman who wrote this article was apparently just hoping to get “his side of the story.”

Whether United had a hand in this or not, the message is still clear: It’s not the fault of the corporation, it’s the fault of the victim, at least when that victim is not a white dude.

This is bullshit. The victim’s past has absolutely no bearing on what United did.

And no, it wouldn’t matter if the guy was a drunk Trump supporter, either. Abusing a passenger is inexcusable under any circumstance.

But also, it WASN’T a drunk Trump supporter causing chaos. It was a random Asian man quietly taking up a seat HE PURCHASED because United prioritized its own interests over their customers.

But as long as we’re doing this, it’s not like United has a clean history here, folks.



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