11 Black Women Kicked Off Napa Wine Train for “Laughing While Black”?

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Here’s a lawsuit in the making. And it’s in the most Progressive part of California, up in the Whine Wine Country. Please make some popcorn.

On Saturday afternoon, the Sisters on the Reading Edge, a book club made up of 11 African-American women, boarded a Napa Valley Wine Train in California,with the intent on having a good time. But what started off pleasantly turned into a “humiliating” experience after the women were escorted off the train for laughing and talking too loud.

“It was humiliating. I’m really offended, to be quite honest,” Lisa Johnson, 47, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “I felt like it was a racist attack on us. I feel like we were being singled out.”

ImageFrankly, I can’t say as I blame her. I wasn’t on the train and there is no video available to make an informed judgment about the amount of noise the ladies were making, but they’re a freaking BOOK CLUB for god’s sake.

According to the Chronicle, the women—who were seated at two tables in the same car—claim that they were doing what other passengers were doing, ordering wine and enjoying the trip through California’s vineyards and wineries.

Johnson told the newspaper that she and the other black women may have been animated, but definitely weren’t “obnoxious or intoxicated.”

But they got tossed.

According to the Chronicle, once the train arrived at the St. Helena station, the entire book club, which included an 83-year-old grandmother, was not only asked to leave the train but was greeted by officers of the St. Helena Police Department.

They weren’t arrested, rather they were exiled to a bus for the remainder of the tour. The tour company gave them a refund and apologized.

I don’t think this one is over. Just think about the little white haired granny on the witness stand, crying about the humiliation of being led off the train into the arms of the waiting Gestapo. Heh.



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