By Louwanda Evans
From African American pilots being requested to hold people’s baggage to buyers refusing beverages from African American flight attendants, Cabin Pressure demonstrates that racism continues to be a great deal alive within the “friendly skies.” writer Louwanda Evans attracts on provocative interviews with African americans within the flight to ascertain the emotional exertions desirous about a company that provides occupational status, but in addition a heritage of the systemic exclusion of individuals of color.
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Sometimes they do, but many won’t. They will look at me, I have my uniform on, I have my ID on, I have my badge on and it’s right in front of them and they’re reading it. It’s like they want to burn a hole through my ID so I can’t fly, and then I’ll look at them, and they’ll look away. They don’t want to make direct eye contact with me . . And if I look away and I keep half an eye on them, they’re right back to checking me out . . They’re judging me from the top down. And I get that as a captain all the time.
By receiving such strong support in our major institutions, the white racial frame has remained, albeit reworked in some ways. Aspects of the white racial frame have indeed been reworked and reworded but have consistently remained a dominant frame of reference for many whites. Feagin (2010) notes that the white racial frame “is an ‘ideal-type,’ a composite whole with a large array of elements that in everyday practice are drawn on selectively by white individuals acting to impose or maintain racial identity, privilege, and dominance vis-à-vis people of color in everyday interactions” (14).
I mean I understand why everybody is staring. It’s like, oh my God, she’s a pilot—she’s black—she looks so young. Or, she’s a woman . . I mean, you know it still gets to you even after a while. ” As she discusses the looks she gets from passengers, she easily references her gender, race, and age, which collectively create a complex experience. Though she does not explicitly state a singular reason people are staring, she does note that it becomes “second nature” to deal with these pervasive and unspoken methods of exclusion.