Cabin Pressure: African American Pilots, Flight Attendants, by Louwanda Evans

By Louwanda Evans

From African American pilots being requested to hold people’s baggage to buyers refusing beverages from African American flight attendants, Cabin Pressure demonstrates that racism remains to be greatly alive within the “friendly skies.” writer Louwanda Evans attracts on provocative interviews with African americans within the flight to check the emotional exertions desirous about a company that gives occupational status, but additionally a heritage of the systemic exclusion of individuals of color.

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I mean, it happens sometimes. ” The gendered racism and racial narratives faced by African Americans in this industry is catapulted to the forefront through the representation of the uniform. Easily recognizable, with stripes, hat, and flight bags, African American men and women in uniform are subjugated to lower-level positions, denying them simultaneously of their skill and hard work. These men and women wear what Robert Park (1928) called a “racial uniform,” or the racial hallmark, made up of physical traits, that causes judgment and evaluation based on color.

Therefore, emotional labor in the traditional sense is replaced as the Introduction 11 normative rules within the organizational culture, for people of color are not always connected directly to organizational norms of emotional display but are pulled from societal “rules” based on gendered and racialized emotion norms. Consequently, when African Americans do not adhere to normative rules for emotional display and feeling rules within the organization, they are inexplicably seen as “deviant,” which carries an altogether different set of consequences.

In this account, more detail is provided concerning the perceived meaning behind the stares that he receives. The long-standing notion that there are no significant meanings to a look is indeed untrue to these black pilots. For them, they understand that these stares are an implicit method used to insinuate that they do not belong in this particular space. Though often attributed to paranoia, these African American pilots have conceptually described and argued that there are meanings as well as feelings conveyed in a look.

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