Holy shitballs, internets. I cannot believe what I witnessed yesterday. Let me tell you all about it.
For those of you that don’t already know this about me, I ride public transportation to and from work. I do this for a couple of reasons but the most important one is that I am afraid of parking garages and I work downtown. Get my drift?
Yesterday, I was on the bus a bit later than my normal time because I had my hair cut after work. Usually I’m on the bus shortly after 5:00pm and it’s always hella crowded and noisy at that time, as you can imagine. I almost always wear my headphones and bury my face in my Kindle in an effort to drown out the sounds and actions of the bus freaks. Nose pickers and conversations about gyno exams? No thank you.
I hopped on the bus at about 6:15pm and took a seat close to the front on one of the benches. It was unusually quiet so I decided I wouldn’t put my headphones on. A few stops down the line the door opens and I hear a woman’s voice say to the bus driver, “I don’t have any money and I just got my ass whooped. Can I get on?”
My head snapped up immediately; my interest piqued. I thought I was going to see some battered and bloodied street urchin step on board and I did not want to miss getting a glimpse of this gem before she scurried down the aisle to the back of the bus.
Up the steps she came, crossed the yellow line next to the bus driver and just stopped. Hmmmm, she doesn’t look too bad. Well, maybe she didn’t get hit in the face. Actually, her eye looks a bit swollen. And why the hell is she just standing there. Take a seat, woman. Fucking junkies and street urchins. Why do we let them on the bus? Remember this story?
The bus starts moving again and this lovely black man (who reminded me of Danny Glover) sitting across from me on the other bench looks up at the girl, makes eye contact with Urchin and extends his arm, gesturing towards an open seat and politely says, “You can sit there.” And here’s how the rest of it went down:
Urchin – “Don’t tell me what to do.”
Danny Glover – “I was just offering you a seat.”
Urchin – “You fucking sit there!”
Danny Glover – “Look, I’m a man trying to be nice and offer you a seat.”
This is where shit got un-fucking-real…..
Urchin – “You’re not a man you’re a fuckin’ nigger.”
I am not even kidding you , internets. I couldn’t believe it myself. There was a collective gasp from the rest of the passengers and then the screaming started. My mind went back to some recent news footage of a pregnant girl getting beaten on a Seattle metro bus and a little bit of panic started to set in.
The yelling stopped, the urchin sat down and I figured at the next stop the driver would make her get off the bus.
Nope. Apparently this particular driver thinks nothing of the kind of disgusting hate and racism just displayed a mere 2 goddamn feet from him. Nope, didn’t seem to bother him one bit. I was fucking appalled. I still don’t know who to be more disgusted with; the bitch who spat that vile filth out of her mouth or the driver that tolerated it on his bus.
So there you have it, internets. Shit like this still happens in our society today. Unbelievable, right?