Great news

Good things do happen:

A woman who was escorted off an Amtrak train by police last weekend after she allegedly refused to stop talking loudly on her cell-phone has the Internet cheering her fate.

Civilians and quiet-car champions are supporting her ejection for violating policy at high volume during the 16-hour journey. It doesn’t help her cause that she became belligerent when confronted about it by one of her fellow passengers.

KOMO News reports that Lakeysha Beard says she felt “disrespected” by the incident, though passengers said it was Beard who was being rude by refusing to stop yapping while sitting in one of the train’s designated quiet cars. She had not stopped talking since the train pulled out of Oakland, California, 16 hours before it reached Salem, Oregon, when a passenger confronted her about the talking. That’s when Beard got “aggressive,” KATU reports, and conductors stopped the train so that police could remove her and charge her with disorderly conduct.

This is great, but Lakeysha? Come on. I almost feel racist just posting this.

Don’t act like you weren’t thinking the same thing.

8 Responses

  1. Why did it take people 16 hours to react? I would have been all over that after 30 minutes. Her phone would have been along side the tracks.

  2. Getting past race issues isn’t a simple matter of being friends with people of different races. It also requires being able to dislike someone for their opinions or actions even when they come from a different background.

    Atleast, that’s what I tell myself when I mock Cynthia McKinney.

  3. I’m just pointing out the overwhelming stereotype here. The only time I’ve seen worse was when I was in Center, Colorado. The town has an extremely high percentage of Mexican-Americans in it, which is obviously fine, but it was like they were making an effort to be stereotypical. In a number of yards were broken down cars suited for the ghettos of GTA, loud music was playing (it was something stereotypical, I assure you, but I can’t recall the genre), everyone was staring at the suspicious white kids, and to top everything off – I wish I could say I was making this up – a little chihuahua was running loose in the streets.

  4. Ever been to an Italian Ghetto? I have…theold North end of Boston (apologies to my Italian better half).

    Speaking of stereo types…clothes hanging across cluttered streets..loud voices making impossible gestures on the streets..mamma’s shouting for their Anotonio’s from third floor windows….butchered rabbits and calfs hanging in bloodied shop window displays… cadillacs double parked on narrow streets….monsignors swishing down Hanover St. in dark dresses…

    They were and probablly still are living a lifestyle that is open, expressive, combustiable and quite opposite my stoic Germanic heritage and a little bit of critical thinking says they are not making an effort to be sterotypical, they are living a style suited to their temperment. It’s not a stereotype when it’s the real thing….

  5. Well, stereotypes don’t just get made up, there is usually some truth at the heart of them.

  6. Stereotypes are relflective images of others because our cultural experiences differ. We, all of us, can and will become sterotypical to others because our group mores and behaviours are different. Some are more pronounced than others and those exceeding the normative, are more apt to be ridiculed.

  7. You want to get the best stereotypes, the funniest, you need to go to the racial/ethnic/religious/etc group itself.

    Studies have shown that black people always have the funniest black jokes and my Irish grandmother consistently has the best Irish jokes.

    (studies conducted by me :) )

  8. I agree…….how strange we are in the Politically Correct world we live……Black people can use the N word and toss it around like we used to as kids ordering Licorice Babies or “Catch a N by the toe”

    I don’t object to not using it now as it is offensive….it brings up a stereotypical image damaging a whole race of people…and I don’t object to Black using it now as it is used to decscribe a sub-section of their own race.

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