Retired NBA Player Etan Thomas Shares Story of Racist Encounter on the Train
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Retired Washington Wizard player Etan Thomas took to Facebook Friday, when he was denied an empty seat on a train that was later given to a white passenger.

He shared the encounter he had with a woman when looking for a place to sit after boarding the train.

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“Ok so I’m getting on the train and there are no open seats and I ask this lady if I could sit next to her (very politely and I soften my voice as to not frighten her) and she says someone is sitting here,” he recounts. “So I go to the next seat. Now, less than 2 mins later a man (who happens to be white) asks if he can sit there and she says why sure let me move my stuff.”

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When Thomas confronted the woman she told him, “don’t pull the race card stuff with me. I dated a Black guy in college.”
In response, Thomas took a photo of her to share on Facebook, and she threatened to tell the conductor, overestimating her privilege.

Apparently the conductor is a huge fan of Thomas. Go figure.

Thomas’s story has since gone viral, obtaining over 147,000 likes and reactions, 4,800 comments and has been shared over 36,000 times.


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