It’s a shame Black women can’t even enjoy her morning break without a bystander, who also happens to be a woman of color, feeling obligated to police their behavior and body. Natasha Tynes, an author and worker at a World Bank in Washington, was riding the train when she saw a Washington transit worker, a Black woman, eating on the train while in her work uniform. So what did she do? She took a picture and tweeted it to the woman’s employer @wmata, demanding she be reprimanding for “breaking the law.” Tynes also, in the moment, confronted the woman, who told her to basically mind her business.
“When you’re on your morning commute & see @wmata employee in UNIFORM eating on the train,” Tynes wrote in a tweet. “I thought we were not allowed to eat on the train. This is unacceptable. Hope @wmata responds. When I asked the employee about this, her response was, ‘worry about yourself.’”
Apparently it is against the law to eat, litter, drink or smoke on the train or in the station. Well Tynes should have taken sis’ advice because not only did Black Twitter light her simple a** up, her book publisher to cancel her novel from being published.
The woman who was reported for eating will not face disciplinary action. Natasha Tynes issued an apologized that has not been accepted by the Black delegation. Tynes, who then deleted her Twitter account, is Jordanian American and has described herself as a “minority writer.”
Natasha Tynes Reports Black Woman For Eating Breakfast, Black Twitter Roasts Her For Dinner was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
The IRONY is that if Natasha Tynes had listened to the worker and minded her business, none of this would've happened. She technically warned her. pic.twitter.com/UYv3buSanK— Akure Phénix #giftWINGS ❄️ is Screenwriting (@AkurePhenix) May 11, 2019
Man I just went on Goodreads and they are lighting that Natasha Tynes lady up. She currently has an average rating of 2.68 on her book. She should have just sat there and let that black woman eat her food. pic.twitter.com/jQtxgELNde— NOLA gal (@APottOfGold) May 10, 2019
Imagine being Natasha Tynes, so worried about an innocent worker minding their own business and eating breakfast on the train, that you willing sacrificed your career just to make an unnecessary tweet for some attention. Can’t relate. pic.twitter.com/04dgAIbbCw— IJFWY (@IJFWY) May 11, 2019
Natasha Tynes' apology which has zero detail abt accountability is another fucking reminder of the anti-Black sentiment among non-Black POC communities. NEVER assume your narrative is done or you're done learning. Until you practice uplifting Black women, you're not free.— Lisa Factora-Borchers (@LFB27) May 10, 2019
The Natasha Tynes situation is a reminder that there are plenty of scumbags in minority communities that could give a shit about anyone but themselves. "Own voices" and "diversity" good enough to sell them books, but a hard-working black woman eating on a train is unforgivable?— Angel Luis Colón (@GoshDarnMyLife) May 11, 2019
The Natasha Tynes situation is yet another reason why I’m good on the whole POC/WOC “movement.” I’m rooting for everyone black.— JayVee (@DaJayFontaine) May 11, 2019
No idea who this Natasha Tynes woman is but gotdamn she played herself. She’s gonna regret not minding her goddamn business like that woman told her to.— Afia (@afiaonfiyah) May 11, 2019
I am in residence, so not on Twitter as I often as I usually am. Just learned what Natasha Tynes -who is Jordanian-American- did. Anti-Black racism is shamefully all too common among non-Black people of colour. I would add classism to the list of bigotries that we must fight too.— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) May 11, 2019
RARE BIRD: You crossed the line. We’re done.— Skylar Ezell is a Black, Broke, and Bougie Writer (@Skylar_Writer) May 11, 2019
NATASHA TYNES: You’re dropping my book!?
"People of color" like Natasha Tynes is the reason why I make it a point to directly name Black people within the spectrum, because there is anti-Blackness within people of color in totality.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) May 11, 2019
POC solidarity is often upheld by Black people, but not maintained by others within.
What are you sorry for specifically? Because if no one on this app had called you out - you would have went about your business satisfied that you put that Black Woman in her place. Have you contacted her employer? Have you sought to make restitution for the damage done?— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) May 10, 2019
Natasha Tynes learned a valuable lesson today. To quote "The Wire", "That'll teach you to give a fuck when it's not your turn to give a fuck."— Brandan Tate (@MarlonBrandan) May 11, 2019
I hope that MTA worker doesn't lose her job over some weak shit. pic.twitter.com/54B4dRvsWh
And yes, I’m finding joy in her swift undoing. pic.twitter.com/UZFhKCnUZG— Naima Cochrane’s Burner Acct (@stillnaima) May 11, 2019