Jordanian-American writer, Washington Post contributor and Twitter blue check Natasha Tynes was riding the DC Metro when she saw one of their employees eating on the train. Food is not allowed on DC Metro trains. It upset her (maybe she was hungry at the time) enough to snap a picture and then post it in a since deleted tweet.
Deleted, because the metro employee was a black woman and Tynes’s own minority status was not enough to save her from the subsequent lynch mob. In the tweet she tagged Metro’s official account. They replied thanking her and asking for details. They also received many replies pleading for no disciplinary action to be taken against the employee.
One of the first things about the story that is galling is that Tynes did confront the woman directly and she replied, “Worry about yourself.” But that is nothing compared to the torrent of invective that would come Natasha’s way, leading to the inevitable deleted tweet and boilerplate SJW mob appeasement apology.
However, that didn’t prevent the coup de grâce. Natasha Tynes had a pending book deal, presumably a crucial part of how she puts food on the table. Emphasis on had. The distributor contracted with her publisher released a statement regarding their unceremonious dumping of her pending book.
A word from us on what happened this morning with Natasha Tynes in DC. pic.twitter.com/gJY4lZLFUQ— Rare Bird (@rarebirdlit) May 11, 2019
“…did something truly horrible today in tweeting a picture of a metro worker eating her breakfast on the train this morning and drawing attention to her employer. Black women face a constant barrage of this kind of inappropriate behavior directed toward them and a constant policing of their bodies. We think this is unacceptable and have no desire to be involved with anyone who thinks it’s acceptable to jeopardize a person’s safety and employment in this way.”
A black woman acted as though she was exempt from rules that applied to all riders and employees. Natasha hardly did something horrible. Sure, nobody likes a tattle-tale, but this is not a sin worthy of sinking your career. Keep in mind, Tynes is not a cis-white male. She’s Jordanian. Her publisher released a statement of their own, dangling the Sword of Damocles over her head even lower.
Regarding Natasha Tynes’ actions this morning in Washington DC: pic.twitter.com/LvBq8YoONH— California Coldblood (@CalifColdblood) May 11, 2019
She was not without defenders, but in the WaPo article a curious pattern emerged. The replies lighting the fire under her stake were embedded in the article, but her defenders were only hyperlinked. Peculiar that. Here are a few choice gems:
You apologized for the tweet but do you understand your actions and why they were harmful? Do you understand that you wanted her disciplined for not catering to your demands? A stranger. You tried to shame her for refusing your entitlement. Some WOC solidarity you got there.— Nichole 🍞🍯 (@tnwhiskeywoman) May 10, 2019
Ahem, Tynes was not the entitled one in this story.
What are you sorry for specifically? Because if no one on this app had called you out – you would have went about your business satisfied that you put that Black Woman in her place. Have you contacted her employer? Have you sought to make restitution for the damage done?— LeslieMac 🖤 (@LeslieMac) May 10, 2019
You helped destroy this woman’s livelihood. What restitution do you plan to make?
The responses DC Metro received were what you would expect as well:
If she gets fired, demoted, written up, docked hours, shifts changed, or anything bad happen to her because that awful woman couldn’t mind her own damn business, you’re going to have a whole bunch of angry people to deal with.— amanda hugandkiss Ⓥ (@wendybyrdm) May 11, 2019
It should be noted that in their response DC Metro acknowledged that it is against the rules for employees to eat on the trains but that the employee in question was transiting to their next station and that employees typically only have about 20 minutes to eat. Also, the Metro Transit Police Chief recently sent an email to all officers directing them not to enforce rules regarding, “…eating; drinking; spitting, and playing musical instruments without headphones until further advised.”
Fantastic. But hey from now on if you ever ride the DC Metro, eat some barbeque, suck down a giant coke, spit on the floor, and blare your music. It’s for equality’s sake.