- The necessary work to be done involves as many of us as possible having the audacity to have real and honest conversations about race, about racism, about skin privileges and skin preferences in our America, still here in the 21st century.
- Part 1: The Ludicrous Reason These Women Were Thrown Off of a Train
- Part 2: 10 Black Women Kicked Off Of Train, Met By Police, After White Woman Complains They Were Laughing
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
Part 1: The Ludicrous Reason These Women Were Thrown Off of a Train
- The Napa Valley Wine Train left a 10-woman book club on the side of the train tracks ... and for what?
- The Ludicrous Reason These Women Were Thrown Off of a Train
Brittney Cooper, AlterNet
August 26, 2015 | Over the weekend, the Sistahs on the Reading Edge Book Club, composed of 10 Black women and one white woman, were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing and talking too loudly on their way to a vineyard tour. These women were enjoying themselves and participating in a wine tasting when several passengers began to complain about them being too loud. They admitted to talking loudly, but indicated that they were just having a good time, and were not being disrespectful.
It would be exceedingly hard for a group of 11 friends of any race or gender to travel together to a social event and remain quiet and inconspicuous. However, according to Lisa Johnson, one of the organizers and attendees of the event, after passengers began complaining about the group, they were forced to take their belongings, march through the length of the train, and disembark, where they were met by the police. Later, the Napa Valley Wine Train posted on Facebook that the women were verbally and physically abusive toward staff and other guests.
Brittney Cooper is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She is a scholar of Black women's intellectual history, Black feminist thought, and race and gender in popular culture.
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Part 2: 10 Black Women Kicked Off Of Train, Met By Police, After White Woman Complains They Were Laughing
When Black women get together in a context of joy, magic happens. Sometimes that magic is loud, boisterous, and uncontained. Sometimes it skirts the rules. Joy isn’t joy if it does not at least some of the time exceed attempts to contain it.
Judd Legum, ThinkProgress
All-American face of racism in Northern California: red neck, white sheet, blue blood. This women said their laughter annoyed her because this is "not a bar."
Aug 24, 2015 | A group of black women were escorted off of a train taking them on a wine tour after a white woman complained they were laughing loudly. After the women, who are all members of a book club, exited the train they were met by a group of police officers.
No charges were filed.
According to a Facebook posting by Lisa Renee Johnson, one of the women in the group, the trouble started when this woman approached them and said she was annoyed by their laughter.
Judd Legum is Editor-in-Chief of ThinkProgress. Previously, he worked at American Progress from 2003 to 2007, when he founded and edited ThinkProgress.
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