I was on the bus…
The setting was weekday, midday, so the bus wasn’t too crowded- maybe fifteen or so people. There was a woman sitting towards the front of the bus, talking very loudly to her friend.
Very Loudly. I was across the aisle and back about four rows and I could hear her loud and clear. Over the bus noise. Over the traffic. Over my airbuds playing my Chilling playlist…
The woman was a member of a minority group. And she was talking very loudly about members of another minority group. Very loudly. And very negatively.
She was saying some really nasty stuff- many stereotypes. Many insults.
She was sitting under this sign…
She was sitting under the sign that specifically tells us that there is no place for hate on our transit system.
Does signage like this actually help anyone see the light about the thoughts that run through there heads and out their mouths?
Can you change someone’s mind just by “reminding” them?
Or are people going to do what people want to do and not listen to what any person, or any sign, says?
Did this woman think she wasn’t doing anything wrong because she wasn’t physically attacking anyone? Did she think she wasn’t doing anything wrong because she wasn’t saying these things to an actual member of the minority group that she was maligning?
How do you think we get rid of hate both in our transit systems and in the world?