Violence, Chaos Reign on DC Metro Days After Law Breaking Transit Worker Defended for ‘Eating While Black’ on Train
The Washington, D.C. Metro subway system is descending into violence and chaos in the brief days since a black female Metro worker was defended last Friday for “Eating While Black” in clear violation of long-standing rules against eating and drinking within the Metro system. On Monday a nearly two minute fight by teens was filmed by observers at the Union Station subway platform with no Metro police or staffers in sight to stop it. On Tuesday a group of teens gained control of a subway car at the Pentagon City station and locked passengers in. The frightened passengers pulled the emergency exit panel to flee the train.
Woke University of New Hampshire professor Chanda Prescod-Weinstein defended the law-breaking worker for ‘eating while black’.
In the aftermath of the controversy of the Metro worker who was photographed eating a takeout meal while in uniform on a subway car, it was revealed the head of Metro Transit Police had quietly sent a notice last Wednesday ordering officers to not enforce the laws against fare evasion, eating drinking, spitting and loud music.
Chaos on train at Pentagon City station:
Awesome, some kids got into the drivers section of 3003 and got the doors to the car locked. This is all anyone could get it open. The kids ran into next car at pentagon and left the train @unsuckdcmetro @Metrorailinfo @wmata pic.twitter.com/JTVOghNMqr
— Greg M (@GMatherne84) May 14, 2019
— Greg M (@GMatherne84) May 14, 2019
The fight on the platform at Union Station could have ended with teens falling on tracks and being killed by the electrified third rail. The video shows two teens squaring off throwing punches and moving around the platform, at times falling down close to the edge. At one point the teens are separated and spoken to by an adult–as if in a boxing match–and then resumed fighting.
Update: Video of fight deleted. Screen image of retweet of video shows two teens squaring off near the edge of platform and the electrified third rail.
— Kristinn Taylor (@KristinnFR) May 15, 2019
Last Friday Jordanian-American Natasha Tynes, a World Bank worker and budding author, posted a photo of a black female Metro worker breaking the law against eating on the train. She wrote that the woman blew her off when she asked her about it.
“When you’re on your morning commute & see @wmata employee in UNIFORM eating on the train. thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable. Hope @wmata responds. When I asked the employee about this, her response was, ‘worry about yourself.'”
A “woke” Twitter mob rose up to defend the black female Metro worker and exacted retribution against the budding author by getting her book distribution canceled , and then publication “postponed” and likely cancelled. The union representing the worker told NBC News the worker was on her “meal break” on the train and that she was aware the transit police was not enforcing the law against eating on the train. The worker received no disciplinary action.
Tynes deleted the tweet, apologized, locked and then her account. Screen images do not capture the complete photo in one image.
A DC author may lose her book deal after she "snitched" on a Metro employee for eating on the train, sparking outrage on social media.
Natasha Tynes' publisher said it hopes she learns to be an ally to Black women instead of an oppressor, and postponed her book. pic.twitter.com/1iI9zoyolK
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 13, 2019
Subway Sarah deleted post, but only after wmata said they’d follow up. pic.twitter.com/19Wmzp26PY
— BlackFilmsonNetflix (@blknetflix) May 10, 2019
Natasha Tynes before:
"We’re encouraged to share a different perspective, but when we do, the mainstream rules don’t apply to us. We are judged by different sets of standards." @NatashaTynes on the opportunities, responsibilities, and challenges of #OwnVoices. #WritingCommunity https://t.co/4KoqxAp75z pic.twitter.com/RRHxPckkeA
— Writer's Digest (@WritersDigest) May 8, 2019
A word from us on what happened this morning with Natasha Tynes in DC. pic.twitter.com/gJY4lZLFUQ
— Rare Bird (@rarebirdlit) May 11, 2019
— California Coldblood (@CalifColdblood) May 11, 2019
The Congressional Black Caucus weighed in:
Accountability is necessary. Thank you for taking proper action.
Black women have enough to worry about on a daily basis. @NatashaTynes’ actions were malicious and simply unnecessary.
She needs to find a hobby & do better next time. pic.twitter.com/ICFfM9tV7q
— The Black Caucus (@OfficialCBC) May 11, 2019
Metro critic “Unsuck DC Metro” advises passengers:
If you want to grub down in metro, print this, laminate it and show it to anyone who gives you shit. pic.twitter.com/BnRkMEYGwE
— Unsuck DC Metro (@unsuckdcmetro) May 12, 2019
And more chaos: Fare jumpers at the Chinatown station.
Law free zone pic.twitter.com/gRUj5jMmKy
— Unsuck DC Metro (@unsuckdcmetro) May 15, 2019
Seat upended on car:
“You know what? My company is moving into a cool new space a few blocks from our old building. I’m going to use this opportunity to drive less and take the Metro more often.” DAY 1: #wmata #dcmetro pic.twitter.com/1ZBmYefMG9
— Will Hart (@WillHartDC) May 14, 2019
Another Metro worker ate on the train?
— Roger A. Mola (@TheRogerMola) May 14, 2019
And Metro handicapped access elevators used as a bathroom:
— Unsuck DC Metro (@unsuckdcmetro) May 13, 2019
The DC Metro used to be a source of pride for Washingtonians and those in the surrounding suburbs. No more.