Dr. Tamika Cross, a Black woman who was discriminated against on a Delta Airlines flight in 2016, shared her story on the latest episode of Red Table Talk

Cross’ story went viral in 2016 after she said she was belittled when trying to help a passenger during a mid-air emergency.


The episode, entitled “The Invisible Black Women Epidemic,” explores the nature in which Black women are often underestimated and overlooked. It also includes a conversation with social justice activist Tamika Mallory, who once turned to addiction in response to feeling unseen, and a pregnant college professor who was treated as an “incompetent Black woman” by her doctors.

“I'm sure many of my fellow young, corporate America working women of color can all understand my frustration when I say I'm sick of being disrespected,” Cross wrote on Facebook following the 2016 incident. 

Cross said one of the flight attendant’s on board prevented her from assisting a passenger who became unresponsive.

“I raised my hand to grab her [the flight attendant’s] attention. She said to me, ‘oh no sweetie put ur hand down, we are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don't have time to talk to you,’ I tried to inform her that I was a physician but I was continually cut off by condescending remarks,” she added.