Kirsters Baish| We recently reported that Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee enforced special privilege on a United Airlines flight from Houston, Texas to Washington D.C. More information on the “racist” passenger who Jackson-Lee stole a first class seat from has come out, and it’s not looking very good for the Congresswoman.
It wasn’t a surprise when Jackson-Lee decided to play the race card after taking advantage of her status to upgrade her seat and effectively take away a seat from a paying customer on the United Airlines flight. United Airlines was in the public eye earlier this year after forcibly removing a passenger from a flight when they overbooked. Now, they are receiving more scrutiny after threatening the “racist” passenger, Jean-Marie Simon, to be removed from the flight after she complained that her seat was taken away from her.
63-year-old Simon is an attorney and a private school teacher who used 140,000 miles on December 3 to buy a first class ticket to bring her from Washington D.C. to Guatemala and back home again. She explained, “It was just so completely humiliating.”
Things were fine until it came to the last leg of Simon’s journey back home. She was at George Bush Intercontinental Airport on December 18 when the gate attendant scanned her ticket and explained to her that it was not in their system.
The flight attendant questioned, “Did you cancel your flight?”
Simon calmly responded, “No. I just want to go home.”
Simon’s assigned seat was 1A, but the attendant explained that her seat was already taken. Simon was then issued a $500 voucher and reseated to row 11, Economy Plus.
It didn’t take long for Simon to hear that Congresswoman Jackson-Lee was the person sitting in her pre-purchased seat.
The New York Post reported:
“Since this was not any fault of mine, the way the individual continued to act appeared to be, upon reflection, because I was an African American woman, seemingly an easy target along with the African American flight attendant who was very, very nice,” the Texas Democrat wrote in a post. “This saddens me, especially at this time of year given all of the things we have to work on to help people.”
“But in the spirit of this season and out of the sincerity of my heart, if it is perceived that I had anything to do with this, I am kind enough to simply say sorry,” Jackson Lee continued. “But as an African American, I know there are too many examples like this all over the nation.”
The truth of the matter is that the “racist” passenger is far from what Jackson-Lee claims her to be. In fact, Simon is a human rights activist, a longtime registered Democrat, and a Spanish teacher.
Simon was coming home from a trip to Guatemala, which wasn’t her first trip to the Central American country. She spent a lot of time during the 1980s there in order to document war crimes during a military coup. During this time she saw thousands of people being murdered, raped, and starved to death. Simon actually published a book of photographs showing the immense violence that she saw during her time there. The book is called “Guatemala: Eternal Spring, Eternal Tyranny.”
I wonder what is going through Jackson-Lee’s head now. She should probably know her facts before she plays the race card next time. It seems as though Congressional Democrats are being coddled far too often by the mainstream media. It’s time for this to change.