CNN Reporter Reveals 3 Racist Encounters in 1 Hour, Including With Airport Police
A correspondent and news anchor for CNN was left shaken after allegedly experiencing three consecutive racist encounters in the Louis ArmstrongNew Orleans International Airport.
Racist encounters: Amara Walker was trying to catch a flight back home when “a man of color” suddenly approached her and said, “Ni Hao. Ching Chong,” according to her Twitter and Instagram posts last Thursday.
Walker told CNN she encountered the same man again while in line to get a souvenir for her family.
The journalist confronted the man about his actions earlier, but he denied the incident and walked away.
Minutes after her first encounter, while Walker was explaining to her producer what happened, a young man without a mask approached them and asked her if she spoke English.
and asked me if I spoke English.
I couldn’t believe what was happening! So I responded, “Why would you ASSUME that I don’t speak English?” To which he ignorantly replied, “What language do you speak?” And I said, “Spanish!” (I do speak Spanish btw). (7/15)
The unnamed man mumbled incoherently and allegedly started throwing obscenities at Walker. At this point, her producer and the other people nearby demanded the man to leave her alone.
Walker’s producer called airport security, but the officer who arrived angrily denied that what the young man did was racist.
“That was not racist! Ok? Asking if she speaks English is not racist, ok? Do you understand me?” the officer allegedly said.
Do you understand me?”The officer missed the point.And rather than de-escalating the situation, he intimidated us.The entire premise of the encounter was absolutely racially charged.Why is a stranger getting in my face and asking me if I speak English? Because my face is (12/15)
The aftermath: Walker told CNN she has never been encountered such incidents pre-COVID-19.
“Asian Americans across the country deal with this on a regular basis and we’re not talking about it,” she said. “Many Asian Americans don’t raise our voices, including myself. I’ve probably wouldn’t have written about this if this wasn’t so egregious.”
Walker received many emails of support from her CNN colleagues and followers after she shared her experience.
I hate that I have to say this.
But I belong. We Asian Americans belong. I was born & raised in the U.S. I am as American as apple pie & I am as American as Korean barbecue. I am American. Please don’t question me about that fact. Ever. (15/15)
Shortly after, public apologies from New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the New Orleans Airport were posted to Twitter, condemning the racism Walker experienced.
I am deeply saddened and apologize to you on behalf of the City. New Orleans reaffirms our commitment to being inclusive of ALL our residents and visitors. New Orleans denounces racism in all forms. In the City of New Orleans — We Are One. ⚜️ @CityOfNOLA@FlyNewOrleanshttps://t.co/mspFolVPKQ
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