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Monday, August 24, 2015

Book Club Says They Were Kicked Off Wine Tour For 'Laughing While Black'

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Author Lisa Johnson told The Napa Valley Register newspaper that her book club, which included 10 black women and one white woman, was escorted off the Napa Valley Wine Train and met by local police officers after a maitre d' twice warned them to quiet down.

“We thought the purpose of the Wine Train was to have a good time and enjoy being with a large group," Johnson told the newspaper. "No one told us of any noise ordinance. If you get a group of 11 women talking and laughing, it’s going to be loud."

The author chronicled the book club's brief stay on the train, the maitre d's complaints and the trip's aftermath on her Facebook page. One of her posts read "All we were guilty of is‪#‎laughingwhileblack‬."
At least three passengers on the train complained about her book club's behavior, a spokeswoman for the tour company, Kira Devitt, told The Napa Valley Register. She added that it's not uncommon for passengers to be removed from the train but couldn't say how many times per year that happened.

A post to the Napa Valley Wine Train's Facebook page, which Johnson got a screenshot of before it was deleted, cited "verbal and physical abuse" as the reason for the book club's removal from the train.

"Following verbal and physical abuse towards other guests and staff, it was necessary to get our police involved," the post read. "Many groups come on board and celebrate. When those celebrations impact our other guests, we do intervene."

Yelp review for the company that appeared to be written by a white passenger who rode the same train as Johnson's book club painted a different picture of the incident.

"Definitely not an organization I would recommend or ever support again. I watched in disbelief as staff harassed a group of people who were merely drinking wine and laughing," a woman named Danielle S. wrote. "I'd like to think it wasn't a racially motivated act, but given the fact that other, non-black guests were behaving in the same way and not removed, I can only conclude that it was discrimination."


Johnson told the newspaper that while her the book club members received refunds, they were still weighing whether to bring a lawsuit or civil rights complaint against the tour company.

“They need to look at their own policies. I feel like we as a group were made to bear the consequences of their not having policy on seating their customers,” she told The Napa Valley Register. "They need to give sensitivity training to their staff immediately. We want a public apology for how they treated us and for the public humiliation, which is unacceptable for anybody.

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Where can we be free?
Yesterday a group of black women, one (who is a published author) and her book club were kicked off of the Napa Wine Train

Sounds like sipping wine and laughing while Black is now grounds for being removed from your grape and cheese plate. The 12 women were paraded through 6 cars, left on the side of the road in the dirt and heat, met by a cops (who said that they "weren't what they were expecting" based on the description of them by train employees). One of the women is in her 80's.

The NVWT tried to cover their butts and made a written public statement on social media that the women were "verbally and physically abusive" to other guest and staff. NOT TRUE!


This is unacceptable. They weren't at a Library where there are expected levels of low volume.

First: ‪#‎BoycottNapaValleyWineTrain‬ ‪#‎NotOneTime‬
Second: Yelp- Voice your concern and leave the lowest score available.

Third: Email Napa Valley Wine Train
They have a Facebook page. Leave comments.

It's 2015 people, we don't have to take any more discrimination from anyone. The revolution has started. It may not be televised but it's on Facebook. Now lets get to work.



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