Hill recalled him telling her he was halfway through it, but that it “really point[ed] out how important these conversations on race are.”
“As I began to respond the tears just start[ed] falling,” Hill said.
Parker later told American Airlines executives in an email that he “felt wholly inadequate” but “knew it was a special moment.”
…When Parker disembarked from the plane, he handed Hill a handwritten note telling her that she could email him if she wanted to continue their conversation.
“I am saddened that we as a society have progressed so slowly on an issue that has such a clear right versus wrong,” Parker wrote to Hill. “Much of the problem is we don’t talk about it enough.”
Parker also emailed Hill’s mother, Patti, telling her that her daughter’s visit was a “gift.”
Hill posted about the encounter on her Facebook, and in a little over three days, it has garnered over 6,000 reactions.
“We are not so different in what we want out of life,” Hill told ABC News. “All we both wanted in that moment was peace and to be understood.”