A man was standing in a plane boarding line at the airport when he came face to face with a woman who was insulting. However, his response to her antics garnered him a round of applause.
Emmit Walker, the Vice President of Gudda Musik Recording Studio, was waiting in line at an airport when a “racist” woman tried to cut in front of him in the priority boarding line at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Virginia. Making matters worse, Walker was traveling to the Dominican Republic to celebrate his 37th birthday when he came face to face with the rude woman.
Shocked by her behavior, Walker took to social media to share the encounter since no one appreciates drama at the airport, especially on their birthday. When Walker’s post went viral, however, he realized he had something else that needed to be said. And, that’s what garnered him an even bigger round of applause.
In his initial post about the incident, Walker recalled the woman telling him, “I believe you may be in the wrong place.” She went on to say that he needed to let her by because that particular line was for “priority boarding” for first-class. Making matters worse, she allegedly added, “They will call y’all after we board.”
Dismayed, Walker admits that he shoved his first-class priority pass in the woman’s face before saying, “You can relax ma’am. I’m in the right spot, been here longer, so you can board after me.” Sadly, the lady wouldn’t let it go, muttering that Walker “must be military or something” and that she and her companions “paid for our seats so he still should have to wait.”
That’s when Walker let loose, telling her he’s too big to ever be in anyone’s military and saying, “I’m just a n*gga with money.” Almost immediately, everyone waiting in line started to clap, according to the wealthy black man. And, after recalling the incident in a Facebook post, along with a selfie featuring the woman behind him, Walker received even more praise as he garnered hundreds of thousands of likes and shares.
Later, he realized something else that he never anticipated, and it forced him to take action. In fact, after his scathing post went viral, Walker took to social media the very next day to apologize for calling out the unidentified woman and shaming her so publically, according to Fox News.
While many of Walker’s social media followers sounded off in support, the encounter and response to it evidently weighed on his conscience. Apparently, it bothered him so much that soon after arriving at his destination, he took to Instagram to apologize for his choice of words. “When I posted that post on Facebook I didn’t expect all that to come from it. I can honestly name the four or five people I thought would comment with something funny, and that will be it,” he began.
“This racist stuff is definitely [an] issue but this is not the solution to that issue,” Walker furthered. “It brings me no joy waking up in paradise to for my 37 bday and knowing that woman might be going through hell,” he continued. “The story was definitely real, just like this issue is definitely real, but I now know that I myself should have handled it another way, or left it how it was, and not shared it publicly.”
“I WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGIZE AGAIN TO THE WOMAN I HAD THIS ENCOUNTER WITH YESTERDAY. NO MATTER HOW WRONG YOUR ACTIONS, YOU DON’T DESERVE THIS,” the music executive concluded. “I BELIEVE IF YOU CAN’T HELP NOBODY AT THE VERY LEAST YOU SHOULD NEVER DO ANYTHING TO HURT THEM.” In hopes of also making his apology go viral, Walker then tagged some of his biggest Instagram followers in the post, according to Daily Mail.
While many chimed in to say Emmit Walker had no reason to apologize, he realized something many don’t seem to understand. In the heat of the moment, it is easy to get tempted in today’s viral age to post something that you feel needs calling out. However, you don’t end hate with more hate. Instead of realizing her own wrongs, this woman would only have felt even more disdain for Walker due to his response and the negativity she faced from it. A person doesn’t gain an understanding by being attacked. Instead, they go on the defensive, and progress simply isn’t made that way. As the old saying goes, you really should kill ’em with kindness if you really want to make a difference.