(National Sentinel)Â 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,Â 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.
â€œSince 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,â€ the Texas Democrat wrote in a post. â€œThis saddens me, especially at this time of year given all of the things we have to work on to help people.â€
â€œBut 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,â€ Jackson Lee continued. â€œBut as an African American, I know there are too many examples like this all over the nation.â€
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 byÂ 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 “livedÂ and worked inÂ GuatemalaÂ 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,Â â€œGuatemala: Eternal Spring Eternal Tyranny,â€ a 2012 blog post on Amnesty InternationalÂ said SimonÂ donated 1,000 copies of her book to schools and universities inÂ GuatemalaÂ â€œto keep the truth of what happened alive.â€
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.
â€œA 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,â€ she wrote.
â€œHe said, â€˜You know what happened, right? Do you know whoâ€™s in your seat?â€™ 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,â€ she continued.
â€œThen he asked me if I knew whom Jackson Lee represents in Congress: Bush International Airport in Houston. He apologized, saying, â€˜Jackson Lee gives us all a bad name; itâ€™s shameful.’â€
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