The Power of Privilege

Seriously? This is almost too hard to believe, but according to ABC News it happened:

A Delta Airlines passenger traveling from Minnesota to Georgia faces federal assault charges after allegedly slapping a fellow passenger’s toddler son for crying during the flight.

Joe Rickey Handley of Idaho was on Flight 721, set to land at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on Feb. 8, according to an FBI court affidavit. He was sitting next to Jessica Bennett and her 2-year-old son, who began crying as the plane started to descend.

Bennett, who was seated in row 28 alongside Handley, told FBI agents that she tried to get her son to stop crying when Handley “told her to shut that [‘N word’] baby up.”

“Ms. Bennett stated that Joe Rickey Handley then turned around and slapped [the baby] in the face with an open hand, which caused the juvenile victim to scream even louder,” court documents said.

The 33-year-old Minneapolis mother said the slap caused a scratch below her son’s right eye.
That’s when fellow travelers stepped in.

“After Joe Rickey Handley struck [the child], Ms. Bennett received assistance from several people on the plane, including male passenger Todd Wooten,” court documents said.

Wooten, who was seated in row 16, said he heard derogatory language coming from the rear of the aircraft and witnessed Handley slapping the child.

“Let’s just let the case speak for itself as it develops,” Atlanta Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Marcia Shein said.
Shein, who’s representing Handley, said her client will be pleading not guilty.

Yeah I would likely be in trouble myself at his calling the baby the n-word, at the slapping the baby, oh my…

Imagine how much privilege this guy must walk around believing he has when he can in public refer to a distressed baby by a slur and then feel he can put his hands on someone else’s child. Wow.

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11 thoughts on “The Power of Privilege

  1. ericjbaker says:

    How dare a dark-skinned baby get on his plane!

    • Earnest Harris says:

      The arrogance to believe he could put his hands on that child!

      • ericjbaker says:

        Looks like the booze revealed his inner beauty.

        Judging by the size of the child’s father, the assailant was lucky it was only the mom and the baby on the plane. Of course, he might have been a little less “brave” in those circumstances.

  2. Christina says:

    Placed his hands on a child…not even…a baby. What happened to the guy?

    • Earnest Harris says:

      To my knowledge, not much. I read somewhere his job fired him, but that may have been before this happened. Weird story to even imagine.

  3. Andrea says:

    I live about a three hour-drive from the place he is from. It used to be pretty famous for Neo-Nazis and the KKK. So sadly, I was not surprised. I hope that the family gets justice and the little boy never remembers such a horrible thing.

    • Earnest Harris says:

      How interesting. That does explain his mindset a little. And I agree, at least the boy is so young he is not likely to remember that at all.

    • Earnest Harris says:

      Thank goodness. But it is hard to believe this is the first time he has shown his true self. My guess is they fired him because it was so in the news and made him so recognizable.

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