(National Sentinel) Mislabeled: Earlier this week a report surfaced that Texas Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee bumped a paying first-class passenger from her seat on a United Airlines Flight from Houston to Washington, D.C.
When the woman, Jean-Marie Simon, 63, complained to airline personnel and online about the incident, she was chastised by Jackson Lee, who is black, and accused of harboring racist undertones.
“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.”
It turns out that Simon is the antithesis of being a racist and in fact, has a long, distinguished history of taking up Democrat-leaning causes like human rights.
As reported by The Washington Times, Simon, a school teacher in D.C., has also documents human rights abuses in Guatemala as a photographer during the 1980s.
She “lived and worked in Guatemala during the turbulent decade that saw the military seize control of the government in a coup. Hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans were killed or ‘disappeared’ during the conflict,” the Times reported.
The author of the book, “Guatemala: Eternal Spring Eternal Tyranny,” a 2012 blog post on Amnesty International said Simon donated 1,000 copies of her book to schools and universities in Guatemala “to keep the truth of what happened alive.”
In a Facebook post, Simon wrote that she found out how it came to be that her reservation for seat 1A, for which she had a printed boarding pass, was canceled and the reassigned to Jackson Lee.
“A Texas congressman, a nice guy, sat down next to me. He said was glad I had made it on the flight. I showed him my boarding pass with my seat, 1A, printed on it,” she wrote.
“He said, ‘You know what happened, right? Do you know who’s in your seat?’ I said no. He told me that it was Jackson Lee, a fellow U.S. congresswoman who regularly does this, that this was the third time he personally had watched her bump a passenger,” she continued.
“Then he asked me if I knew whom Jackson Lee represents in Congress: Bush International Airport in Houston. He apologized, saying, ‘Jackson Lee gives us all a bad name; it’s shameful.’”
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