There are a couple of stories in the news that inspired my post this evening. They are stories of men of color being slighted and embarrassed because of their race, and then finding themselves having to what I call race shame the perpetrators.
The first one allegedly took place on a train. Now let’s be honest, these incidents happen all the time, but we are so used to them and other day to day slights and indignities that might go unnoticed, that we don’t even sweat them when they do happen.
“Former Washington Wizards player Etan Thomas was denied an empty seat on a train that was later given to a white man.
So he took to Facebook Friday with his story, and the post went viral: It’s been shared more than 29,000 times.
The NBA baller reported that he was looking for a seat on a full train when he asked a woman if the empty seat next to her was available. She responded that someone was already sitting there. What happens next, according to Thomas, is why he took her photo and posted it to his social media accounts.