Monday, June 2, 2008

Conflicts on public transportation

It's been about a week since I returned from California, and in my first post back, I alluded to a harrowing incident that really challenged the rosy-vision of race relations that I romanticize about San Francisco (and California in general).

And now that I've had a week to process what I'm going to call "the bus incident," I want to describe to you, dear readers, what happened, and to think about what it means to get involved in incidents in public transportation.

But before I give you my story, I'm going to refer you to a post on Rachel's Tavern by atlasien on "Analysis of a Local Public Disturbance." There is a youtube video that shows a disturbing incident of a woman berating and verbally harassing/threatening an older woman on MARTA in Atlanta.

If you have a minute, click on the link and watch the video. The incident that I got involved in was actually much more violent and disturbing than the one you see recorded on MARTA. I also have to put in a plug for atlasien's analysis--I thought it was very insightful, sensitive, and thoughtful in teasing out the complexities of race, gender, mental illness, and public discourse, as well as her own personal stories and perspectives.

I'll be back tomorrow to share the story with you.


Al M said...

The link in your post does not load.

Interesting blog!

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Jennifer said...

Hi Al M,
Thanks for the comment and heads up about the links. I did try them yesterday and noticed that Rachel's Tavern was having problems, but I think the issues have been resolved this morning because when I checked using both Firefox and Safari (I'm a mac user) the links worked. So try again and see if they work for you.