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‘Too White to have a Black Baby!’ UCal women’s basketball coach, Lindsay Gottlieb, blasts Southwest Airlines after being asked to ‘prove’ she was her biracial son’s mother, before boarding flight

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‘I’m appalled that after approx 50 times flying with my 1-year-old son, ticket counter personnel told me I had to “prove” that he was my son, despite having his passport’ – Gottlieb

University of California women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb was flying with her son Jordan Peter Martin on Sunday 
She claims Southwest Airlines staff at Denver Airport asked her to prove she was Jordan’s mother 
Producing her son’s passport was not enough for the airline personnel, she writes on Twitter
They insisted she present birth certificate, provide ‘Facebook post’ which proved their relationship 
She was allowed to board the Oakland bound flight, 50 minutes later after another mother pointed out that she’d never been asked to provide such documentation when flying with her child who has a different name
The woman who intervened was not part of a mixed race family
Outraged mom claims it would not have happened if she and her son had the ‘same skin color’ 
Gottlieb who is White has been engaged to Patrick Martin, her long-term boyfriend, since last March
Martin who is Black was not with his fiancée and son at the time
Lindsay Gottlieb with her son Jordan and her fiance Patrick Martin1.pngLindsay Gottlieb [left], with son Jordan and fiancé Patrick Martin [right],  claims she was asked by Southwest Airlines staff to ‘prove’ she was her son Jordan’s mother during a flight on Sunday. Martin who is Jordan’s dad was not with them at the time 

‘University of California women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb claims she was asked by Southwest Airlines staff to ‘prove’ she was her son Jordan’s mother during a flight on Sunday.  Gottlieb is White but the father of her child, her fiance Patrick Martin who is Black, was not with them at the time.Lindsay Gottlieb 2
I’m appalled that after approx 50 times flying with my 1-year-old son, ticket counter personnel told me I had to “prove” that he was my son, despite having his passport.
The University of California’s women’s basketball coach [right], has spoken out against Southwest Airlines after claiming to have been asked to prove she was her biracial son’s mother.

It’s ‘demeaning and insensitive’ – Gottlieb

Gottlieb, 40, took to Twitter to call out the airline on Sunday after her flight from Denver to Oakland with her one-year-old son Jordan, turned into a nightmare.
She claimed that as they prepared to board the plane, she was asked to prove Jordan was her son despite having his passport with her.
Gottlieb said the employee responsible claimed their inquiry was down to fact that they have different names, however she believes it was because they have different colors of skin.

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‘She said because we have different last name. My guess is because he has a different skin color,’ Gottlieb tweeted.
The ‘proof’ the employee reportedly demanded from the exasperated mom was Jordan’s birth certificate and then, beyond that, a ‘Facebook post’ Gottlieb said.
After another mother allegedly pointed out that she had never been asked to provide such documentation when flying with her child who has a different name, Gottlieb was allowed on to the flight.
That woman, she said, was not part of a mixed race family.
‘It was demeaning and insensitive, not to mention inefficient. Would have missed flight if it was not delayed.
Lindsay Gottlieb [left], with son Jordan and fiancé Patrick Martin 2.pngLindsay Gottlieb [left], and fiancé Patrick Martin [right], with their son Jordan

Gottlieb said she was particularly outraged by the experience after flying with her son more than 50 times in the last year.

Gottlieb is the coach of the University of California’s Women’s Basketball Team

‘I would advise better training for employees to avoid this happening to others,’ she fumed.
Southwest Airlines did not respond to DailyMail.com’s inquiries on Tuesday morning but a spokesman told KPIX5 that it was investigating Gottlieb’s claims.

Southwest Airlines1.pngSouthwest Airlines – ‘looking into the incident’

Southwest Airlines said it was looking into the incident and that it had spoken to the coach
‘We’re looking into this specific interaction, and we have engaged with the customer directly to address her concerns.
‘Our employees are well regarded for their hospitality and we always strive for the best experience for anyone who entrusts us with their travel,’ they said.
Gottlieb and her partner Patrick Martin welcomed their son last May.
The pair have been engaged since last March but dated for years before Gottlieb fell pregnant.
This development appears to run on the same tracks as the incident that has led to  beverage franchise Starbucks closing over 8,000 stores for Anti-Bias training, following the race biased call of a Starbucks manager to call police on two Black men after they spent two minutes in the store without making a purchase.  In a similar development a Nigerian woman is suing United Airlines, after she was kicked off a flight in Houston with her kids, when a white male passenger told crew she smelled bad.
While Gottlieb says she does not believe it reflected the attitude of the airline.
“I suspect it was just one insensitive employee,” she said. Still, “It hurt my feelings. It made me feel a little bit less than and it’s not okay.”

 

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