Last month The Napa Valley Wine Train issued an apology to a book club that included mostly black women who said they were booted from a tasting tour because of their race.
The 11 members of the book club, all but one of whom is African American, said rude employees ordered them off the train August 22, mid-journey, and marched them down several aisles to their embarrassment. One member of the group is 83.
The incident inspired the Twitter hashtag #laughingwhileblack and sparked outrage on social media.
The women have since filed an $11 million lawsuit against the wine tour company, according to a court complaint.
Tuesday in their first televised interview since making news for being kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train on August 22, members of the book club Sistahs on the Reading Edge sit down with the hosts of The Real to discuss what happened and the intense social media reaction that followed.
“What we want people to learn is to just be careful of your biases of other people and how you view a group of people when you’re around them. And how you use your power, if you’re in a position of power to make decisions that will then render and how it will affect other people’s lives that’s what we want. We want this not to happen again,” book club member Alisa Carr said.
“We don’t want our children… You know Lisa has a granddaughter… I have a son that’s in college. We don’t want this to happen to anyone else again.”
You can catch this episode Tuesday on The Real. Check your local listings for showtimes.