The stress of the morning commute clearly got to an African-American woman during an MTA-ride this week when she went off on an epic rant against a Jewish man.
Everybody fell silent in the train compartment as people listened to the angry woman, who apparently started because she was not given a seat whilst traveling with three children.
“You said I’m racist so you tell me what I’m being racist towards … because you’re Jewish and I said if a Jewish family got on here, somebody would have got up. That is not a racist statement. That is a factual statement.”
“No, I need to calm down now because I’m schooling your ass. You guys think you’re so fucking smart, but guess what? I’m gonna teach you a lesson on this fucking train today.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">MTA, you never disappoint. <a href="https://t.co/QpFx81klcG">pic.twitter.com/QpFx81klcG</a></p>— Harry Plotter (@chrisfrench_) <a href="https://twitter.com/chrisfrench_/status/999787341375041537?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 24, 2018</a></blockquote>
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“You said I was racist, so I’m addressing your people. You said I was a racist, right? Because I brought up Judaism, right? You wouldn’t have called me racist if I said a Mexican family came on here, right? You wouldn’t have called me a racist then, right?”
The clip soon went viral so the Israeli press found the Orthodox Jewish man, who works as a software engineer for the Wall Street Journal, and asked him about the incident.
Mr. Yossi Wolfe: "This happened sometime last week. I hadn't really mentioned anything to anybody because I didn't want to make a big deal about it. An African-American lady got on with three kids, and then another African-American lady got on. I was standing, and no-one was really getting up for this lady with her three kids. So this other lady started screaming at everyone around her, saying 'Why are you guys not getting up? This lady's here with her three kids,' and then she finally said, 'If it was a Jewish family Y'all would have gotten up!', at which point I said to her, 'Can we please not make this a racist thing?' And then she started going on a tirade about how it's not racist.”
“She was yelling for a good amount of time, and we were going back and forth and I said, 'We're individual people. You can't say these things apply to all Jews' as she was yelling. Eventually, after a while, an elderly African-American lady tapped me on the shoulder and she said to just put my headphones back in and it wasn't worth arguing with her about it.”
"Before that lady who was yelling had gotten off the train, she said the reason she was in such a bad mood was that her husband had just gotten arrested the day before. I did feel a little bad for her after that, but at the same time it doesn't excuse anti-Semitism, just because you're having a bad day."