‘The audacity of white privilege’: Black man says United Airlines flight attendant offered the woman seated next to him a $1,000 voucher to take her feet off the tray table
・United Airlines passenger Frederick Joseph said the woman seated next to him on a flight took her shoes off and put her feet on the tray table
・When he asked her to move her feet, she called the flight attendant
・The woman then claimed that Joseph was ‘disrupting’ her flight
・The flight attendant then offered a $1,000 voucher if the woman moved her feet
・Joseph tweets about this display of ‘white privilege’ quickly went viral
・United Airlines denied that it offered or gave the woman the vouche
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” courage or confidence of a kind that other people find shocking or rude: “というふうに記載されていますね。
He had the audacity to blame me for his mistake!
She had the audacity to tell him off.
It took a lot of audacity to stand up and criticize the chairman.
Macmillan Dictionary によると” an official piece of paper that you can use instead of money to buy a particular product or service “というふうに記載されていますね。
a gift voucher
She has a voucher for a free swim.
The voucher is valid between July and December and entitles you to ten percent off all overseas flights.
Just present your travel voucher to the airline ticket agent, and she will give you the tickets.
To disrupt (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to interrupt something and prevent it from continuing by creating a problem “というふうに記載されています。
Protesters tried to disrupt the meeting.
Heavy snow disrupted travel into the city this morning.
The meeting was disrupted by a group of protesters who shouted and threw fruit at the speaker.
A heavy fall of snow disrupted traffic during the rush hour.
A black man flying on United Airlines said a flight attendant offered a white woman a $1,000 voucher to take her feet off the tray table, blasting the incident as ‘the audacity of white privilege’.
Frederick Joseph tweeted on Tuesday about the incident which he called ‘one of the most epic white privilege moments in history’ on a United Airlines flight from Austin, Texas, to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport.
United Airlines denied that it offered or gave the woman the voucher.
‘The audacity of white privilege: This woman next to me took her shoes off and placed both feet on the table,’ Joseph, wrote in the first of nine tweets, attaching a picture of a woman’s sock-clad right foot languishing on the tray table.
To blast (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” to criticize someone very strongly “ というふうに記載されていますね。
In today’s Times, the proposal is blasted as ‘pathetic and inadequate’.
The mayor blasted the press for not printing the facts.
The administration was blasted for failing to create jobs.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると” used with some nouns to make adjectives describing the type of clothing that someone is wearing “ と記載されていますね。
pictures of a denim-clad president relaxing on the ranch
snow-clad central Russia
an ivy-clad wall
To languish (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to exist in an unpleasant or unwanted situation, often for a long time: “ という風に記載されていますね。
He has been languishing in jail for the past 20 years.
The ruling party is languishing in third place in the opinion polls.
The children are languishing in orphanages waiting for adoption.
Joseph wrote that he was ‘irate, because no black person would ever get away with this s**t’ and waited for a flight attendant to say something to the woman. But, when the flight attendant ignored the clear violation of airplane etiquette, he took it upon himself to rectify the situation.
‘I say “ma’am, I’m trying to eat, and your feet are next to my food.” She says “what do you want me to do, the seats are small,”’ Joseph tweeted.
‘So I’m like “I understand, which is why there is room for your feet and legs under the seat in front of you.” So she says “this is why I fly first class, and I don’t come back here with everyone else.” So I’m like “that’s great, so are you going to put your feet down?”‘
Joseph then wrote that as soon as he said that, the woman called a flight attendant and told her that ‘this man is disrupting my flight, I’m just trying to be comfortable.’ After Joseph explained his issue with the feet on the tray table, the flight attendant apparently suggested that the woman move her feet towards the window or put a foot on the floor.
The women then supposedly said, ‘if I put one foot down, I want to be accommodated for accommodating him.’ At which point, Joseph said, the flight attendant offered her a $1,000 voucher for her trouble.
Upon hearing the incredible offer, Joseph asked the flight attendant ‘what voucher will I be receiving for my suffering,’ prompting the flight attendant to apparently say, ‘sir, we can only make but so many accommodations, and she has agreed to move her feet for you.’
Joseph’s tweets quickly went viral, with people tweeting at United, asking if it’s the airline’s policy to reward passengers with high-value vouchers for practicing common courtesy.
The day after he tweeted about the incident, Joseph, a marketing professional and philanthropist, posted an update saying that he had received a call from a United representative who claimed that the woman was not, in fact, given any vouchers as compensation.
Joseph had created the fundraising #BlackPantherChallenge, which has raised more than $400,000 which goes towards sending children to see the hit movie in theaters.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” very angry: “ という風に記載されていますね。
an irate customer
We have received some irate phone calls from customers.
We’ve been getting some irate calls from customers.
wait for to (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to be hoping or expecting that something will happen “ と記載されていますね。
There’s no point waiting for her to change her mind.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” an action that is in opposition to a law, agreement, principle etc “ と記載されていますね。
Several students left the class early, in violation of school rules.
It was clear that they had not acted in violation of the rules.
He acted in violation of the law.
He claimed that the way he’d been treated was a gross violation of his civil/constitutional/human rights.
take on/upon (phrasal verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” take on or take upon to decide to do something without asking permission from anyone else “ と記載されていますね。
My mother took it on herself to invite them.
To rectify (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to correct something or make something right: “ と記載されていますね。フォーマルな表現です。
I am determined to take whatever action is necessary to rectify the situation.
Every effort is made to rectify any errors/mistakes before the book is printed.
I hadn’t meant to cause trouble, and asked what I could do to rectify the situation.
I am anxious to rectify this situation.
To accommodate (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to provide a place or room for someone to stay in “ という風に記載されていますね。またさらに細かく意味を見ると、” to supply enough seats or room for people or things “ という風に記載されています。
Designed by an Italian architect, the hotel can accommodate 600 guests.
The teams will be accommodated in luxury hotels.
The new dormitory will be able to accommodate an additional 200 students.
The new office will easily accommodate 50 desks.
Our ships accommodate up to 150.
There wasn’t enough space to accommodate the files.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると “used to show that you do not believe that something you have been told is true: “ という風に記載されています。
The house is supposedly haunted.
Supposedly the process causes no environmental damage.
Well, the tickets are supposedly in the mail.
The letter was from her supposedly loving father.
common courtesy / decency (noun)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” the basic level of politeness that you expect from someone “ と記載されていますね。
It would only be common courtesy to return their hospitality.
Why didn’t you have the common decency to inform your uncle of where you were going?
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” a person who helps the poor, especially by giving them money: “ と記載されていますね。
a donation from a wealthy 19th-century philanthropist
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” money that someone receives because something bad has happened to them “ と記載されていますね。
Victims of the world’s largest industrial accident were paid $470 million compensation.
She was awarded £2,000 compensation for her injuries.
She received £40,000 in compensation for a lost eye.
You should claim/seek compensation.
go towards (phrasal verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to be used to help to pay for something “ と記載されていますね。
The proceeds from the sale of the grounds will go towards the construction of a new stadium.
The money raised will go towards rebuilding the children’s hospital.
United confirmed this in a statement to Newsweek that read, ‘At no point was any customer offered compensation for this issue.’
Joseph tweeted that while he was happy to hear the airline did not compensate the woman for her behavior, he was still unhappy about the fact that ‘by attempting to momentarily pacify her, the flight attendant created a negative situation for me and took her side.’
He also said he told the United rep that, ‘I find it hard to believe that if this was a person of color someone wouldn’t have asked her to put her feet down.’
The rep then apparently said, ‘sir, I personally don’t believe it has anything to do with race or culture. As you can hear from my last name, I am a Hispanic person.’
This retort prompted Joseph to note that her response implied that ‘racial bias didn’t matter here, because again a woman with Spanish sounding name at United says it didn’t.’
He then called the airline’s response, ‘Tone deaf.’
To compensate (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to pay someone money in exchange for something that has been lost or damaged or for some problem: “ と記載されていますね。
Victims of the crash will be compensated for their injuries.
Our company tries to keep salaries low, and they compensate employees more with bonuses.
They were unlikely to be compensated for the damage to the house.
To attempt (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to try to do something “ と記載されていますね。
They are attempting a climb up the mountain’s north face.
Few people knew that she had once attempted suicide.
The book attempts to explain the origins of the war.
He attempted to escape through a window.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” for or in a short time: “ という風に記載されていますね。
She was momentarily confused by the foreign road signs.
I’ll be ready to leave momentarily.
I was momentarily confused.
The train will be leaving momentarily (= very soon).
I’ll be making some announcements momentarily.
To pacify (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to cause someone who is angry or upset to be calm and satisfied: “ と記載されていますね。
He pacified his crying child with a bottle.
It was difficult for the police to pacify the angry crowd.
The governor later apologized, but union members weren’t pacified.
The statement was clearly intended to pacify worried consumers.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” a representative of a group who is officially chosen to express its opinions “ と記載されていますね。
A representative from the tour company will meet you at the check-in.
The company has representatives in most European capitals.
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” a quick answer that is angry or funny: “ と記載されていますね。
“I’m going to tell him,” said Max. “Just you try!” came the retort.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” unable to sing a tune correctly because you cannot hear the difference between musical notes “ と記載されていますね。ここでは 空気が読めない という感じに訳せます。
In an interview with Newsweek, Joseph revealed that while he didn’t think that he, personally, had been discriminated against, what he says he experienced pointed to an ‘underlying way in which white people are often pacified that people of color are just not.’
Even if there had never been any intention of giving her a voucher in the first place, Joseph said, by making the offer in the first place, ‘you have aligned yourself with what she’s saying and what she wants,’ which is tantamount to having given her the voucher.
If his story hadn’t gone viral, he would never have been told that the voucher was not handed out and ‘would have been home thinking this woman got this money.’
Joseph’s tweet received 1,400 comments and was retweeted 6,600 times by Thursday
On Wednesday evening, Joseph tweeted that United and the female passenger ‘have their view and I have mine. At this point I’m moving on from the situation.’
United Airlines said in a statement to Newsweek that ‘we’ve talked with our customer to clarify this with him, and address his concerns. We want all of our customers to be treated with respect, and we do not tolerate discrimination of any kind.’
This is the latest in a string of unfortunate PR disasters that have befallen United just this week.
Authorities revealed Wednesday that they have launched a criminal investigation into the death of a French bulldog puppy that suffocated on a United Airlines flight from Houston to New York, after a flight attendant reportedly insisted that the puppy be placed in the overhead storage compartment during the flight because its carrier wouldn’t fit under the seat.
It was also revealed that United had accidentally flew a 10-year-old German Shepherd from Oregon to Japan, instead of to its actual destination of Kansas City, Missouri.
align yourself with sth/sb (phrasal verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” If you align yourself with an organization or person, you agree with and support their aims: “ と記載されていますね。
Many women do not want to align themselves with the movement.
The union’s leaders are aligned with the ruling party and the military.
The party is under pressure to align itself more closely with industry.
The major unions are aligned with the government on this issue.
tantamount to (adjective)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to have the same bad qualities or effect as something else “ という風に記載されています。フォーマルな表現で、equalと同じ意味です。
The new tax is tantamount to stealing from the poor.
Her refusal to answer was tantamount to an admission of guilt.
Her silence was tantamount to an admission of guilt.
To tolerate (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” to accept something unpleasant without becoming impatient or angry “ と記載されていますね。
They have tolerated poor working conditions for too long.
I will not tolerate that kind of behaviour in my class.
I won’t tolerate lying.
They don’t have the best service, but I tolerate it because I love their food.
Athletes often have to tolerate a lot of pain.
To befall (verb)
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” if something unpleasant befalls you, it happens to you “ と記載されていますね。
Many natural disasters have befallen that region.
Should any harm befall me on my journey, you may open this letter.
To suffocate (verb)
Cambridge Dictionaryによると ” to (cause someone to) die because of not having enough oxygen: “ と記載されていますね。
The report said that the victims had suffocated in the fumes. She suffocated him by holding a pillow over his head.
The government warned parents yesterday not to let infants sleep on small plastic pillows because the babies could suffocate.
Many of the victims either burnt to death or suffocated.
The men tried to suffocate him with a plastic bag.
Macmillan Dictionaryによると ” one of the separate parts of a container or place where things are stored “ と記載されていますね。
She folded her coat and put it in the overhead luggage compartment.
the freezer compartment of a fridge
a fridge with a small freezer compartment
the sleeping/inner compartment in a tent
She found a secret compartment behind a drawer in the desk.
a first-class compartment
最後に、内容が理解でき、新しい単語も知ることができたら、必ずCambridge Dictionaryか、Macmillan Dictionaryで例文を読むようにしてください。そして一番シンプルで、自分が日常使いしときやすそうなもをノートやスマホに書き溜めておいてください。そしてこれを移動中の時などに声に出して覚えることが本当に大事です！（電車では難しいので、僕はよく歩きますw）