The elderly victim of a racist verbal attack is speaking out, confessing how sleepless nights and bouts of depression have occurred since a white man screamed at her on a European airline.
In an interview with Britan’s ITV Monday (Oct. 22), Delsie Gayle shared her grief over the viral incident that happened Friday when the 77-year-old was on a Ryanair flight from Barcelona, Spain, to London. Because of her arthritis, Gayle didn’t move to the man’s liking when he tried to get to his seat. In footage captured by songwriter David Lawerence, the man can be screaming at Gayle, calling her an “ugly black bi**h and a cow.
He also threatened to push her from the aisle before another passenger intervened.
Gayle, a widow was taken on vacation (holiday) to help with the passing of her husband of 50 years. She immigrated to the European country from Jamaica as part of the Windrush generation in the 1960s. Her daughter was later seen defending her, along with many others who demanded the man be removed from the flight.
Instead, Gayle was moved to another seat.
“I was shocked, nobody ever said those words to me,” she said. “I travel a lot, I go to Canada…and no-one has ever said those words to me.” She also said has faced sleepless nights and depression since the incident happened.
“I don’t know when I’m going to get over it because every time I think about it, I cry,” she said. “I feel very low. He paid a fare to go on holiday, I’ve paid mine so why does he abuse me for that due to the color of my skin? He does it with me, and he gets away, he’ll do it to somebody else.”
Ryanair released a statement Sunday (Oct. 21), adding that they are now working with Essex police to investigate the incident. Many have called for a boycott against Ryanair over their reaction to the incident.