Friday, June 24, 2011

Delta Airlines No-Jew Policy (A Rican's Take)

There's a Scheiße-Storm brewing regarding Delta Airline new upcoming policy of barring Jews from its international flights into Saudi Arabia.

Take a good look at the third paragraph of the above letter. In it, Delta states clearly that it is complying with Saudi law in being an agent of discrimination against Jews. In other words: Don't blame us, we're just following orders.

Well, that reminds me of Greyhound Bus old policy in Mississippi. Once upon a time, whenever its buses crossed the state-line into Mississippi, all Blacks were forced to the back of the bus. In full compliance with Mississippi State Law. In other words: Don't blame us, we're just following orders.

Well you know, someone should remind Delta that The Civil Rights Act of 1964 has been the law of the land for almost fifty years.

Its full text is: HERE

Section 201(a) of the Act reads:

All persons shall be entitled to a full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, RELIGION, or national origin.

Section 201(c)(3) further reads:

For the purposes of this section “commerce” means travel, trade, traffic, commerce, transportation, or communication among the several States,… or between any foreign country…

Last time I checked, Delta is an American-flagged carrier engaging in both interstate and in between U.S. and foreign countries. And as such would be in violation of this, our law of the land.

If the Saudis want to keep their discriminating there's little we can legaly do. After all, they are a sovereign country. Delta, on the other hand as a U.S. Corporate Citizen is obliged to comply with the laws of our nation, partnership alliances be dammed.


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