Whine Train Rolls On


Remember the “Book Club” women tossed off the Napa Whine Train this summer? Yeah. Not going away.

Suing… seeks $11 million in damages, $1 million for each of the plaintiffs — 10 African Americans and one white woman.


“I truly now know how it feels to be a black woman,” said the white plaintiff, Linda Carlson, 55, a mail carrier in Contra Costa County.

No ya don’t.

After being warned — twice — they tried to play the Race Card.

[One Club member] said she told [the Train employee] they weren’t behaving any differently than other passengers and were being singled out because of their race. She said Marquinn denied any racist motives and identified herself as Latina.

“Everybody else is doing it!! You’re Raaaacist!!”

“Blacks are still being treated differently in America,” attorney Waukeen McCoy said at a news conference announcing the lawsuit…

Listen to this horror:

…the women said they were ordered off the train, marched past passengers in all six cars, and turned over to a police officer from the Napa Valley Railroad.

Yeah. Cuz that’s how the upscale Napa Whine Train rolls. Lotsa “Ordering” and “Marching”…

Many of the passengers “snickered” at them as they walked by, …

“We had to stand in the hot sun and have people on the train look at us as if we were criminals,”

Snickering. Staring. Slavery. See? See? SEE???!1?

…many hostile comments on social media… As a result, he asserted, two of the plaintiffs lost their jobs — Allisa Carr, 48, of Antioch, a manager at a local bank, and Debbie Reynolds, 49, also of Antioch, a hospital nurse.

There were more “hostile comments on social media” directed toward the Whine Train itself — who do they sue?

the two women declined to discuss the dismissals or say whether their employers had mentioned the train incident.

wait… whaaa?

Carlson [the white one] said the publicity led to a heartbreaking moment when her 5-year-old granddaughter, who had heard media reports, told her, “You were being very disrespectful to those people on the train.”

erm,…yeah. Wait! I mean Usupportable!!!1!!113!!@!!!!
or something.

To win their case, the women would have to prove that they were singled out because of their race and not their behavior.

Or not…
Because #BlackLaughterMatters

A Wine Train spokeswoman has said guests are removed from the train about once a month.

None of them sue. We’d have heard.

But they’re likely white. So….

The Rev. Amos Brown, chairman of the NAACP in San Francisco, said at the news conference that the incident should puncture the myth that “California is liberal and progressive.”

“It is worse than some of the Southern states,”

Finish your assignment! »

Oh, and…

[in early September] The family of the founder, the late Rice-a-Roni mogul Vincent DeDomenico, has sold the 25-year-old institution to a partnership of Seattle based Noble House Hotels & Resorts, Ltd. and Brooks Street, a real estate development and investment company


  1. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted October 2, 2015 at 8:01 am |

    Y’know … when your own daughter thinks you were bein’ a jackass,
    youuu were prob’ly bein’ a jackass.

  2. Fawkes News (#BarackLiesMatter)
    Posted October 2, 2015 at 8:11 am |

    I know I should be outraged about this or something…. but I just can’t stop laughing long enough to do so.

  3. Ironic in Denver
    Posted October 2, 2015 at 10:57 am |

    ^^ I’m guessing the daughter’s remarks were partly informed by prior experience.

  4. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted October 2, 2015 at 11:50 am |

    I’ve seen this raucous group behavior among blacks too many times in restaurants, movies, while working with non-American blacks in South Africa and even on public transportation when I was in public school in a big city, to believe this group was an exception. I can’t explain it – it just is.
    From an essay on teaching in a black school:

    “One of the most immediately striking things about my students was that they were loud. They had little conception of ordinary decorum. It was not unusual for five blacks to be screaming at me at once. Instead of calming down and waiting for a lull in the din to make their point — something that occurs to even the dimmest white students — blacks just tried to yell over each other.

    It did no good to try to quiet them, and white women were particularly inept at trying. I sat in on one woman’s class as she begged the children to pipe down. They just yelled louder so their voices would carry over hers.”


  5. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted October 3, 2015 at 11:30 am |

    Dick@4 — oh. a Cuuuultural thang…

  6. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted October 3, 2015 at 7:47 pm |

    ^ a Cuuuultural thang?
    The blacks I worked with from southern Africa did not learn their behavior from pop music or movies, or from the internet or social media, as none of those things existed in their world at that time. South Africa did not even have TV then.

    Yet, from time to time, some things happened that connected me in astonishment with things I’d seen in black communities in America.
    For instance, an argument would explode out of two or three of them with no warning. I was astonished at how fast a situation would escalate.
    Or other times, one of them would start singing or beating on an empty steel drum, and all work would stop while the whole group danced and chanted around the ad hoc musician.

    Sometimes when I tried to explain what I wanted done, one would try to explain it to another, then as fast as I could blink, a six or eight of them would be yelling at cross purposes to one another, and it was all I could do to get them to shut up so I could explain it again.
    I guess in summary, they were more emotional and less logical and restrained than what I’d seen in majority white populations.

    Is it learned, cultural or genetic – well, I doubt it’s learned, because all of my guys but one were from small villages, illiterate, primitive, parochial, too poor to go to the movies and none of them even knew that there was a nation called the USA or America, yet exhibited some of the unique behaviors I’d seen in black communites in America. I also realized it seemed to be a group behavior thing and not a trait when the individual was alone.

    One more thing – somewhere I have a group picture of all twelve of my guys, all wearing hats. Not a single hat is on straight.