Last night, I was taking the last Green Route* back "home" (in quotes because, well, a homeless shelter isn't much of a "home" but that's beside the point. Ahem.) I also happened to be riding with a fairly large group of black (RELEVANT) teenagers who were being loud, disruptive, and just generally, well, obnoxious: running around on the bus, pulling the chime cord when they weren't getting off, playing loud music, using profanity, etc... (aka the c_s part of this story.)
The bus driver yelled at them repeatedly to be quiet, making disgusted faces every time he looked in the mirror to see what they were doing. And when they finally got off at a known Section 8 apartment complex, he turns to me and says "Really. They're all on welfare and think they're God's gift to the world."
To which I kind of raised an eyebrow and replied with a fairly neutral "Some people just shouldn't be allowed out in public without adult supervision," trying to deflect that line of conversation.
But no, that gets a response of, "Some people shouldn't be allowed out in public until they're ninety-seven, and hopefully dead." With a strongly noticeable stressing of the word "dead."
Now, you're probably wondering why I noted that the kids' race was a factor, so here's a related b_s involving this same driver.
Once again, riding the Green back to the shelter. At that point, it was me, a male shelter resident (Current Resident,) and a former male resident (Former Resident.) Both Current and Former resident were talking (and by "talking" I really mean "YELLING AT THE TOPS OF THEIR LUNGS") and they were both saying lots of seriously crude, sexist, and generally gross things.
Bus driver said nothing. Not. One. Word.
Until a black lady got on the bus, and started talking to Current Resident, too. Now, I know this lady - she's nice, but she's also really loud. And it wasn't until she joined in the Really Loud Conversation that the bus driver yelled for them to be quiet - ten minutes into said Really Loud Conversation and only about one minute after the black lady joined in. Hmm. Ignoring white folks being loud and obnoxious, but yelling at black people for the same thing? Starting to look like this bus driver has a problem...
Really... really tempted to post about this on Transit's Facebook page. Not that it will do anything (people have been complaining about this driver since last summer, and he hasn't even gotten so much as a slap on the wrist,) but at least it will get the story out there...
Anyway. I hope this isn't too convoluted or hard to follow x_x I am ridiculous amounts of tired right now and just hoping that everything makes sense...
*Galesburg Public Transit has four bus lines: Red, Green, Blue, and Gold.