Whenever I want to try and find a seat on a train, I immediately start looking for a black man. I, subconsciously at first, realized that no one sits next to them on buses or trains. It's something that I didn't even realize I was doing until a college professor mentioned that they did the same exact thing.
The worst part is, it doesn't even matter if you're a recognized public figure, people still usually just see you for the color of your skin. Just ask Etan Thomas, who tried taking a seat on packed a train, when a white passenger said that the seat was taken.
Moments later, however, he noticed something that was nothing short of super f*cking racist:
"Now, less than 2 mins later a man (who happens to be white) asks if he can sit there and she says why sure let me move my stuff. So I have to say something so I ask ummmmm did you just not want ME to sit next to you ? Were you scared ? Not comfortable with a Black Man sitting next to you ?"
When Thomas called her out on her bullsh*t she had the nerve to say, "[don't] pull the race card stuff" because she dated a black man in college. As if dating a black person magically absolved her of all racism.
So he took the best course of action possible: he snapped a photo of the woman and posted it on Facebook, calling her out on her crap. People loved the post and began sharing it all over the place. It's racked up over 152,000 likes and over 37,000 shares.
Thomas writes that the uncomfortable looking white man in the corner offered up his seat, but Thomas told him he'd rather make a Facebook post about it.
Now here's where it gets good: the woman was outraged that Thomas took a photo of her, so she calls the conductor to complain and get Thomas in trouble for "violating her privacy." But as fate would have it, the conductor was a huge fan of Thomas, LOL.
He also tweeted about the incident:
People online are in love with how Thomas handled the act of everyday racism, happy that he called the woman out on her behavior.
Now the story hasn't been confirmed as of yet, but it's safe to say that it struck a chord with people. Hopefully that woman will think twice before being racist and then twice again if she tries to get another person if trouble just because they call her out on her BS.