Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Author Natasha Tynes sparked outrage on social media after she tweeted a photo of a Metro employee eating on the train and reported the woman to her bosses. Now, Tynes may lose her book deal. Transit officials responded to her tweet within an hour and thanked her for "catching" the employee eating and "helping" to "make sure all Metro employees are held accountable." The response said: "Can you confirm the time you were on the train, the direction you were headed and what line you were on?"
The problem? The employee violating the "no eating or drinking on the Metro" rule was black.
The backlash began immediately. University of New Hampshire professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein commented: "Eating while Black."
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