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Why I no longer feel safe on Metro
Washington Post ^ | 4/13/2012

Posted on 04/17/2012 3:31:08 PM PDT by Altura Ct.

“[Expletive] the white man! [Expletive] the white man!”

The man’s yells reverberated through the Metrorail car, breaking the quiet typical of an early-morning ride. I turned down the music on my iPhone. What was that? “[Expletive] the white man!” he screamed again. My fellow Blue Line riders and I looked around uneasily. I couldn’t see the man, but I did note that I seemed to be one of very few white men in the car. Still, I brushed it off. It’s not unusual to encounter crazy behavior while riding Metro. Rarely do things turn serious. As the train arrived at L’Enfant Plaza, I briefly considered switching cars. I didn’t.

I should have.

What happened next is a blur. I remember hearing “Look me in the eyes!” Now the voice was close — too close. I turned. The man had squared up directly in front of me, his face level with mine. I met his rage-filled eyes the moment before he head-butted me. Then his right fist came around in a hook, connecting just above my cheek.

“What are you doing?” was all I could yell, rather lamely, as I shoved him away. He turned his punches toward another victim as other passengers came to our aid. One of them pulled the man’s jacket over his head in a hockey-like maneuver. A woman was pushing the emergency call button. Feeling stunned, I remember wondering: Why isn’t the conductor responding?

So began a series of critical failures by Metro to protect its passengers.

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1 posted on 04/17/2012 3:31:15 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.
The Metro??? Hell,I wouldn't feel safe anywhere in DC.During daylight!
2 posted on 04/17/2012 3:34:53 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: Altura Ct.

“Admittedly, we put ourselves in danger by following him”, uhhh, a little white on black vigilante justice there? Haven’t you heard of what can happen when “whites” follow a black man?


3 posted on 04/17/2012 3:36:19 PM PDT by punditwannabe
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To: Altura Ct.

Sounds as though he may have had Van Jones on his train.


4 posted on 04/17/2012 3:36:56 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Altura Ct.

Well, how can this possibly be? I thought voting for Odumbo would unite the races and it will all be fluffy rabbits and rainbows?


5 posted on 04/17/2012 3:36:56 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Altura Ct.
The man’s yells reverberated through the Metrorail car, breaking the quiet typical of an early-morning ride. I turned down the music on my iPhone.
Dude, it is called "Situational Awareness"/

I met his rage-filled eyes the moment before he head-butted me. Then his right fist came around in a hook, connecting just above my cheek. "What are you doing?” was all I could yell, rather lamely, as I shoved him away.
Dude II. Beat the snot out of this nutcase. "Shoving him away" is like "Or I will taunt you a second time".

Don't block my exit during a fire, or mess with my family and I am generally a wuss. Something like this however . . .

6 posted on 04/17/2012 3:38:57 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: Altura Ct.

When seconds count, dot, dot, dot


7 posted on 04/17/2012 3:40:13 PM PDT by mark3681
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To: BenLurkin

Are we sure it wasn’t Holder?


8 posted on 04/17/2012 3:44:16 PM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: Altura Ct.

I will never step a foot in DC, NY city ,Chicago, NJ or California. I would never take public transit. Nothing there for me. Too many other nice safe places to visit.


9 posted on 04/17/2012 3:45:03 PM PDT by therut
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To: max americana
fluffy rabbits and rainbows

you forgot skittles....there were also supposed to be skittles. i think it was the unicorn that was supposed to poop skittles, actually. in any case.....definitely skittles.

;)

10 posted on 04/17/2012 3:45:48 PM PDT by ZinGirl
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To: Altura Ct.

I will never step a foot in DC, NY city ,Chicago, NJ or California. I would never take public transit. Nothing there for me. Too many other nice safe places to visit.


11 posted on 04/17/2012 3:46:00 PM PDT by therut
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To: Altura Ct.

I will never step a foot in DC, NY city ,Chicago, NJ or California. I would never take public transit. Nothing there for me. Too many other nice safe places to visit.


12 posted on 04/17/2012 3:46:22 PM PDT by therut
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To: Altura Ct.

It’s going to be a very tough summer.

Write to your congressthing and insist on CCW reciprocity in DC. It’s the one place that Congress actually has authority over CCW, unlike their phony 50-state reciprocity bill.

Anybody going to DC needs CCW like, yesterday.


13 posted on 04/17/2012 3:49:07 PM PDT by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: Altura Ct.

So I wonder if this DCer would ever possibly attribute this attack to a madman who is a racist and violent? Nah, most likely not. He instead will complain about the ‘system’ didn’t protect him and others. He did not respond to this attack with anything other than the silly words...”why did you do that?”....

This violent attacker would have been stopped in his tracks if someone had either punched him back or simply shot him


14 posted on 04/17/2012 3:51:52 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Altura Ct.

I’ve been menaced by groups of black teens in the metro stations who seem to take great pleasure in frightening old women. The problem is this old woman isn’t playing.

99% of the metro employees that you see are black and frankly, they have no interest helping some whitey.

It has come to that.


15 posted on 04/17/2012 3:54:26 PM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Nifster

Odds are the author is a government trough feeder. Probale, too, that he is a Libtard and a hoplophobe.

Such are the rightful prey of the Urban Ferals.


16 posted on 04/17/2012 3:57:06 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: therut

You aren’t safe on the Metro and if you drive they have camera’s everywhere to steal your money, and call it a traffic violation.

Your first thought is the correct one. Stay out of DC. By no means be caught in Anacostia or far Northeast.


17 posted on 04/17/2012 4:04:54 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Altura Ct.
As the train arrived at L’Enfant Plaza, I briefly considered switching cars. I didn’t...... So began a series of critical failures by Metro to protect its passengers.

no... YOU failed to protect yourself you dumb sh!t you!!! you went back to you complacent sheeple sleep even after the wolf howled so don't go blaming it on the metro this time you mutt you

18 posted on 04/17/2012 4:05:35 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Altura Ct.

And so it begins.


19 posted on 04/17/2012 4:07:54 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Altura Ct.

And another libtard slowly comes to terms with his failed ideologies...


20 posted on 04/17/2012 4:13:23 PM PDT by tickedoffnow (No more...)
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To: Altura Ct.

Whites have had political correctness drilled into their heads for the past 20 years. Blacks, not so much. I sometimes see whites look in shock as their are/have been assaulted and it reminds me of the lack of actions from the Jews in Germany during WW2.


21 posted on 04/17/2012 4:13:23 PM PDT by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Nifster

“This violent attacker would have been stopped in his tracks if someone had either punched him back or simply shot him”

A swift knee kick to the jewels, followed by several more when he’s on the floor. As an alternative, a knee shot to just above his outside knee will cause him problems for the rest of his life. He;ll crumple like a broken doll.


22 posted on 04/17/2012 4:15:51 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Altura Ct.

I can relate! For a brief time last year I returned to work in downtown DC after a catastrophic illness (I’m still a little mobility impaired) , and took Metro every morning and every evening. I wasn’t new to the experience having commuted for more than ten years from Maryland and West Virginia. Initially, the commute was tolerable.

Unfortunately, last year’s experience was horrible! Every morning and evening I had to fight with young-obese black women for space on the elevator because the escalators were constantly out-of-order. These women weren’t handicapped, just very fat and lazy! How fat you ask? So fat their thighs applauded the effort when they walked! The women were incredibly rude and obnoxious! I even had one young woman tell me that because the elevator door wouldn’t close that I’d have to get off and wait for the next elevator. I told her to get off, herself!

Then there were the a**holes who tried to cram on a rail car as the doors close, knocking you off your feel or refusing to move to the middle of the car.

Metro is doomed if the crappy service and ugly characters continue their ways!


23 posted on 04/17/2012 4:17:17 PM PDT by cpa4you (CPA4YOU)
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To: Altura Ct.
My fellow Blue Line riders...

My first guess would have been the Green line. Second guess would be the Blue from L'Enfant east to Largo Town Center.

24 posted on 04/17/2012 4:21:19 PM PDT by Fundamentally Fair (Pictionary at the Rorschach's tonight!)
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To: Altura Ct.
This 23 year old couldn't take care of himself? If I handled that situation his way, I'd be too embarrassed to write about it.

Kurtis Hiatt

25 posted on 04/17/2012 4:22:20 PM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Chode

Profiling works.


26 posted on 04/17/2012 4:24:36 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Altura Ct.

“I met his rage-filled eyes the moment before he head-butted me. Then his right fist came around in a hook, connecting just above my cheek. “

Liberals. Pffft...


27 posted on 04/17/2012 4:29:03 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: Paladin2
100%... if he has half a brain, another Republican is born
28 posted on 04/17/2012 4:33:10 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Altura Ct.

Where is Bernhard Goetz these day?

Just’ wonderin’.


29 posted on 04/17/2012 4:34:29 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Altura Ct.

This didn’t come out of nowhere. The author’s likely squeamishness pulled it to himself. I’ve been on, probably, every mile of track in the NYC subway system. It is telling that the loudmouth commanded “look me in the eye!” It further telling that the loudmouth got so close with out seeming to be detected by the victim. I had few problems in NY but the few that I did came about when an individual or group mistakenly assessed that I was scared. Look like you OWN the space you take up. If they start in nonetheless CHARGE. Hard. No fooling. Scares the shit out of them.


30 posted on 04/17/2012 4:36:40 PM PDT by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Man the f@#k up and defend yourself, nancy.


31 posted on 04/17/2012 4:37:09 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: APatientMan

Exactly. He should never have taken his eyes off of the man and had a plan in place. ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.) Last year I was taking BART from San Francisco to Fremont, but had to get off in Oakland to change trains I had been reading my iPad but could view the train car. When I got off, the iPad was in my bag. I saw two black teens signaling each other, looking at me. One probably wanted to sucker punch me from behind so the other could snatch my messenger bag. I made direct eye contact with both of them, pivoting so I could see both, and fingered the SOG tanto knife clipped to my pocket, ready to draw at a moments notice. They looked at each other, realized they couldn’t take me by surprise, and moved down the platform.


32 posted on 04/17/2012 4:38:19 PM PDT by Conservative Vet
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To: mikey_hates_everything
White metrosexual Obama voter accurately depicted. I've had my share of confrontations on the DC Metro myself. Each time, stopped in its tracks by letting the dirt bag know he's in for the fight of his life. Hassle me, and I'll make you regret it. Go pick on a “Mr. Milktoast Hiatt.” There's plenty on every platform completely distracted by their iPods and with their heads buried in a copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
33 posted on 04/17/2012 4:41:14 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Altura Ct.
One only sees this kind of behaviour where CCW permits and concealed carry is discouraged. In other areas of the country the loudmouth aggressive troublemaker will be called out for his/her actions and made to be responsible for it in one way or another. The diverse society doesn't like this as evidenced by their reaction to the thug Trayvon’s reward for his aggressive action.
34 posted on 04/17/2012 4:41:45 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: Altura Ct.

The complaint, I note, is about the Metro, its personnel and procedures, and not about the saintly if violent minority.


35 posted on 04/17/2012 4:45:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Altura Ct.
I dunno. When I see a member of an oppressed class expressing his rightful rage against 400 years of discrimination I think the only decent thing to do is to let him beat the hell out of me. It's called "healing".

Or I could shoot the sumbitch until the mag is empty. Either one.

36 posted on 04/17/2012 4:46:09 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Altura Ct.

I got stuck in an incident on the Metro with several black teenagers several years back. One, according to his friend, had a gun. I wrote a long letter to Metro describing what happened. They blew it off. DC is a dump. Stay away if you can.


37 posted on 04/17/2012 4:48:06 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: Altura Ct.

A .44 caliber magnum and a pack of decals shaped like little “Hoodies.” Everytime one is blown away the shooter gets to put a small “Hoodie” decal on their brief case or car door. The goal is the coveted “Blue Hoodie” indicating 21 kills.


38 posted on 04/17/2012 4:48:44 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Chode

It’s not too difficult to profile someone spewing hate at you as someone to avoid at the moment, especially if you are unarmed.


39 posted on 04/17/2012 4:50:44 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Conservative Vet
"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet."

Thanks.

I'm stealing that.

40 posted on 04/17/2012 4:52:48 PM PDT by SnuffaBolshevik (In a tornado, even turkeys can fly.)
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To: Conservative Vet

“He should never have taken his eyes off of the man and had a plan in place. “

Yup. And these people are running our world. I’m amazed we haven’t sunk to disarming citizens, killing unborn babies and celebrating faggotry. Oh, wait...


41 posted on 04/17/2012 4:59:38 PM PDT by APatientMan (Pick a side)
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To: therut
I will never step a foot in DC, NY city ,Chicago, NJ or California.

Add Portland, Oregon to that list. The MAX trains and TriMet buses are full of Holder's angry people.

42 posted on 04/17/2012 5:05:15 PM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: GladesGuru
Such are the rightful prey of the Urban Ferals.

You have to take your justice where you can find it.

43 posted on 04/17/2012 5:10:55 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (For every black person murdered by a white, thirty-nine white people are murdered by blacks.)
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To: GladesGuru
Odds are the author is a government trough feeder. Probale, too, that he is a Libtard and a hoplophobe.

If he is a liberal, I have no sympathy for him. It is votes of millions of Liberals, decade after decade that have given us these feral animals.

44 posted on 04/17/2012 5:17:20 PM PDT by sand88 (Nothing on this Earth would get me to vote for Mitt.)
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To: Altura Ct.
“[Expletive] the white man! [Expletive] the white man!”

After the MSM finishes editing the audio, that will be morphed into "Excuse me sir, would you be so kind as to estimate our time of arrival at the Foggy Bottom station?"

45 posted on 04/17/2012 5:29:24 PM PDT by TChad
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To: Gay State Conservative

Anywhere I can’t carry in an urban area, I don’t feel safe.


47 posted on 04/17/2012 5:32:59 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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48 posted on 04/17/2012 5:32:59 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Altura Ct.

Guess we would have heard more about it if it was a white guy screaming “F the black man!”


49 posted on 04/17/2012 5:34:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: therut
will never step a foot in DC, NY city ,Chicago, NJ or California. I would never take public transit.
I may out on limb but I am wagering that the citizens in those places won't miss u much.
50 posted on 04/17/2012 5:34:44 PM PDT by bagadonutz
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