I never had the opportunity to travel business class. One day when I have too much money to throw around or a thrifty employer, I may. Till then, I have to be contend with cattle class. Speaking about cattle class, an acquaintance has another definition. Traveling like dogs.
Recently, two of us had to travel to India. We represent different companies. As part of the organizational policies, he traveled in business class while I in cattle aka economy class.When I told him about the "economy class" situation, his spontaneous comment was about traveling like dogs.
If the conversation happened between me and my friends, they also would have reacted the same way. In fact, some of my friends can be more acerbic. In this particular case, the speaker was an European. On hearing his comment, I was overcome with strong emotions - hurt, anger and helplessness.
Ever since, I have replayed the conversation several times in my mind. I concluded it was a comment without malice. But why did I get hurt, angry and helpless? Is the fear of discrimination dormant in my mind?