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Napa Valley Wine Train Settles $11 Million ‘Laughing While Black’ Lawsuit

Napa Valley Wine Train Settles $11 Million ‘Laughing While Black’ Lawsuit


A contentious lawsuit, filed by women who accused the wine train of kicking them out for laughing, has been privately settled

Initially, Napa Valley Wine Train accused the women of being physically abusive against other passengers, but quickly retracted its statements.

An $11 million discrimination lawsuit against the Napa Valley Wine Train, which followed the polarizing expulsion of a group of women — 10 black and one white — from a train tour for laughing and talking too loudly, has been settled following private mediation with the company.

In August of last year, members of the Sistahs on the Reading Edge book club took part in a wineries tour with the company, were ejected for being “aggressive and unruly.” Facebook posts from Napa Valley Wine Train went so far as to accuse the women of being physically and verbally abusive against other passengers, though these posts were later deleted, and the company’s CEO issued a public apology.

The book club, meanwhile, accused Napa Valley Wine Train of racial discrimination, and public outcry over the matter led to the hashtag #LaughingWhileBlack. Several people on social media shared stories of similar experiences of bias, particularly while traveling.

Lisa Johnson, a book club member who declined to share settlement details, nonetheless told the New York Times that the matter had been “resolved on terms acceptable to all parties last week.” The group plans to continue making annual trips to the Napa Valley, but will not be returning to the wine train.

“I think we’re going to stick to limousines as our designated driver,” Johnson said.


The Napa Valley Wine Train Settlement Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

I've already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let's review!

1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

To add to the VantaBlackness of this all, Sistahs on the Reading Edge apparently has one White member. Which is perhaps the single Blackest level. Because you can't get much Blacker than token Whiteness being involved and that token Whiteness getting kicked out too. This is past peak Blackness and into some undiscovered, middle Earth, event horizon Blackness. Like finding an iPad on Mars. Or a Kappa with tact. And I'm 96% certain if her name is "Jane" she's been affectionately referred to as "White Jane" at least 17,000 times .

Anyway, it was revealed today that they reached a settlement with the Napa Valley Wine Train company. Although the terms were undisclosed, if the lawsuit was for $11 million, Iɽ assume the settlement was in the millions as well. Which should be a cautionary tale to any company wanting to try some racist fuckshit. Especially with a bunch of reading-ass Black women with a token White homegirl on a wine train perhaps the demographic either most likely to be a lawyer or be sorority sisters with one.

Remember the end of season four of The Walking Dead, when Darth Rick says "they're fucking with the wrong people"?

Well, the Napa Valley Wine Train company fucked with the wrong people too.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)


The Napa Valley Wine Train Settlement Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

I've already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let's review!

1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

To add to the VantaBlackness of this all, Sistahs on the Reading Edge apparently has one White member. Which is perhaps the single Blackest level. Because you can't get much Blacker than token Whiteness being involved and that token Whiteness getting kicked out too. This is past peak Blackness and into some undiscovered, middle Earth, event horizon Blackness. Like finding an iPad on Mars. Or a Kappa with tact. And I'm 96% certain if her name is "Jane" she's been affectionately referred to as "White Jane" at least 17,000 times .

Anyway, it was revealed today that they reached a settlement with the Napa Valley Wine Train company. Although the terms were undisclosed, if the lawsuit was for $11 million, Iɽ assume the settlement was in the millions as well. Which should be a cautionary tale to any company wanting to try some racist fuckshit. Especially with a bunch of reading-ass Black women with a token White homegirl on a wine train perhaps the demographic either most likely to be a lawyer or be sorority sisters with one.

Remember the end of season four of The Walking Dead, when Darth Rick says "they're fucking with the wrong people"?

Well, the Napa Valley Wine Train company fucked with the wrong people too.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)


The Napa Valley Wine Train Settlement Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

I've already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let's review!

1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

To add to the VantaBlackness of this all, Sistahs on the Reading Edge apparently has one White member. Which is perhaps the single Blackest level. Because you can't get much Blacker than token Whiteness being involved and that token Whiteness getting kicked out too. This is past peak Blackness and into some undiscovered, middle Earth, event horizon Blackness. Like finding an iPad on Mars. Or a Kappa with tact. And I'm 96% certain if her name is "Jane" she's been affectionately referred to as "White Jane" at least 17,000 times .

Anyway, it was revealed today that they reached a settlement with the Napa Valley Wine Train company. Although the terms were undisclosed, if the lawsuit was for $11 million, Iɽ assume the settlement was in the millions as well. Which should be a cautionary tale to any company wanting to try some racist fuckshit. Especially with a bunch of reading-ass Black women with a token White homegirl on a wine train perhaps the demographic either most likely to be a lawyer or be sorority sisters with one.

Remember the end of season four of The Walking Dead, when Darth Rick says "they're fucking with the wrong people"?

Well, the Napa Valley Wine Train company fucked with the wrong people too.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)


The Napa Valley Wine Train Settlement Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

I've already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let's review!

1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

To add to the VantaBlackness of this all, Sistahs on the Reading Edge apparently has one White member. Which is perhaps the single Blackest level. Because you can't get much Blacker than token Whiteness being involved and that token Whiteness getting kicked out too. This is past peak Blackness and into some undiscovered, middle Earth, event horizon Blackness. Like finding an iPad on Mars. Or a Kappa with tact. And I'm 96% certain if her name is "Jane" she's been affectionately referred to as "White Jane" at least 17,000 times .

Anyway, it was revealed today that they reached a settlement with the Napa Valley Wine Train company. Although the terms were undisclosed, if the lawsuit was for $11 million, Iɽ assume the settlement was in the millions as well. Which should be a cautionary tale to any company wanting to try some racist fuckshit. Especially with a bunch of reading-ass Black women with a token White homegirl on a wine train perhaps the demographic either most likely to be a lawyer or be sorority sisters with one.

Remember the end of season four of The Walking Dead, when Darth Rick says "they're fucking with the wrong people"?

Well, the Napa Valley Wine Train company fucked with the wrong people too.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)


The Napa Valley Wine Train Settlement Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

I've already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let's review!

1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

To add to the VantaBlackness of this all, Sistahs on the Reading Edge apparently has one White member. Which is perhaps the single Blackest level. Because you can't get much Blacker than token Whiteness being involved and that token Whiteness getting kicked out too. This is past peak Blackness and into some undiscovered, middle Earth, event horizon Blackness. Like finding an iPad on Mars. Or a Kappa with tact. And I'm 96% certain if her name is "Jane" she's been affectionately referred to as "White Jane" at least 17,000 times .

Anyway, it was revealed today that they reached a settlement with the Napa Valley Wine Train company. Although the terms were undisclosed, if the lawsuit was for $11 million, Iɽ assume the settlement was in the millions as well. Which should be a cautionary tale to any company wanting to try some racist fuckshit. Especially with a bunch of reading-ass Black women with a token White homegirl on a wine train perhaps the demographic either most likely to be a lawyer or be sorority sisters with one.

Remember the end of season four of The Walking Dead, when Darth Rick says "they're fucking with the wrong people"?

Well, the Napa Valley Wine Train company fucked with the wrong people too.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)


The Napa Valley Wine Train Settlement Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

I've already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let's review!

1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

To add to the VantaBlackness of this all, Sistahs on the Reading Edge apparently has one White member. Which is perhaps the single Blackest level. Because you can't get much Blacker than token Whiteness being involved and that token Whiteness getting kicked out too. This is past peak Blackness and into some undiscovered, middle Earth, event horizon Blackness. Like finding an iPad on Mars. Or a Kappa with tact. And I'm 96% certain if her name is "Jane" she's been affectionately referred to as "White Jane" at least 17,000 times .

Anyway, it was revealed today that they reached a settlement with the Napa Valley Wine Train company. Although the terms were undisclosed, if the lawsuit was for $11 million, Iɽ assume the settlement was in the millions as well. Which should be a cautionary tale to any company wanting to try some racist fuckshit. Especially with a bunch of reading-ass Black women with a token White homegirl on a wine train perhaps the demographic either most likely to be a lawyer or be sorority sisters with one.

Remember the end of season four of The Walking Dead, when Darth Rick says "they're fucking with the wrong people"?

Well, the Napa Valley Wine Train company fucked with the wrong people too.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)


The Napa Valley Wine Train Settlement Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

I've already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let's review!

1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

To add to the VantaBlackness of this all, Sistahs on the Reading Edge apparently has one White member. Which is perhaps the single Blackest level. Because you can't get much Blacker than token Whiteness being involved and that token Whiteness getting kicked out too. This is past peak Blackness and into some undiscovered, middle Earth, event horizon Blackness. Like finding an iPad on Mars. Or a Kappa with tact. And I'm 96% certain if her name is "Jane" she's been affectionately referred to as "White Jane" at least 17,000 times .

Anyway, it was revealed today that they reached a settlement with the Napa Valley Wine Train company. Although the terms were undisclosed, if the lawsuit was for $11 million, Iɽ assume the settlement was in the millions as well. Which should be a cautionary tale to any company wanting to try some racist fuckshit. Especially with a bunch of reading-ass Black women with a token White homegirl on a wine train perhaps the demographic either most likely to be a lawyer or be sorority sisters with one.

Remember the end of season four of The Walking Dead, when Darth Rick says "they're fucking with the wrong people"?

Well, the Napa Valley Wine Train company fucked with the wrong people too.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)


The Napa Valley Wine Train Settlement Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

I've already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let's review!

1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

To add to the VantaBlackness of this all, Sistahs on the Reading Edge apparently has one White member. Which is perhaps the single Blackest level. Because you can't get much Blacker than token Whiteness being involved and that token Whiteness getting kicked out too. This is past peak Blackness and into some undiscovered, middle Earth, event horizon Blackness. Like finding an iPad on Mars. Or a Kappa with tact. And I'm 96% certain if her name is "Jane" she's been affectionately referred to as "White Jane" at least 17,000 times .

Anyway, it was revealed today that they reached a settlement with the Napa Valley Wine Train company. Although the terms were undisclosed, if the lawsuit was for $11 million, Iɽ assume the settlement was in the millions as well. Which should be a cautionary tale to any company wanting to try some racist fuckshit. Especially with a bunch of reading-ass Black women with a token White homegirl on a wine train perhaps the demographic either most likely to be a lawyer or be sorority sisters with one.

Remember the end of season four of The Walking Dead, when Darth Rick says "they're fucking with the wrong people"?

Well, the Napa Valley Wine Train company fucked with the wrong people too.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)


The Napa Valley Wine Train Settlement Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

I've already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let's review!

1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

To add to the VantaBlackness of this all, Sistahs on the Reading Edge apparently has one White member. Which is perhaps the single Blackest level. Because you can't get much Blacker than token Whiteness being involved and that token Whiteness getting kicked out too. This is past peak Blackness and into some undiscovered, middle Earth, event horizon Blackness. Like finding an iPad on Mars. Or a Kappa with tact. And I'm 96% certain if her name is "Jane" she's been affectionately referred to as "White Jane" at least 17,000 times .

Anyway, it was revealed today that they reached a settlement with the Napa Valley Wine Train company. Although the terms were undisclosed, if the lawsuit was for $11 million, Iɽ assume the settlement was in the millions as well. Which should be a cautionary tale to any company wanting to try some racist fuckshit. Especially with a bunch of reading-ass Black women with a token White homegirl on a wine train perhaps the demographic either most likely to be a lawyer or be sorority sisters with one.

Remember the end of season four of The Walking Dead, when Darth Rick says "they're fucking with the wrong people"?

Well, the Napa Valley Wine Train company fucked with the wrong people too.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)


The Napa Valley Wine Train Settlement Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week

I've already touched on the multiple levels of Blackness involved in the story of Sistahs on the Reading Edge the California book club thrown off a wine train for being too rowdy.

Exactly how many levels were there? Good question. Let's review!

1. A group of Black women in a book club. (Because the only thing Black women love more than book clubs is Jesse Williams.)

2. The name of the book club being Sistahs on the Reading Edge.

3. A group of Black women in a book club called Sistahs on the Reading Edge doing a wine tour together.

4. A group of Black people having such a good time that it’s making White people uncomfortable.

5. A group of Black people doing absolutely nothing other than “enjoying life while Black” facing some sort of legal consequence.

To add to the VantaBlackness of this all, Sistahs on the Reading Edge apparently has one White member. Which is perhaps the single Blackest level. Because you can't get much Blacker than token Whiteness being involved and that token Whiteness getting kicked out too. This is past peak Blackness and into some undiscovered, middle Earth, event horizon Blackness. Like finding an iPad on Mars. Or a Kappa with tact. And I'm 96% certain if her name is "Jane" she's been affectionately referred to as "White Jane" at least 17,000 times .

Anyway, it was revealed today that they reached a settlement with the Napa Valley Wine Train company. Although the terms were undisclosed, if the lawsuit was for $11 million, Iɽ assume the settlement was in the millions as well. Which should be a cautionary tale to any company wanting to try some racist fuckshit. Especially with a bunch of reading-ass Black women with a token White homegirl on a wine train perhaps the demographic either most likely to be a lawyer or be sorority sisters with one.

Remember the end of season four of The Walking Dead, when Darth Rick says "they're fucking with the wrong people"?

Well, the Napa Valley Wine Train company fucked with the wrong people too.

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)


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