Good Afternoon Charles,
I am definitely going to contend with you on this posting. I strongly disagree with the statement:
'The fault in this case is the staff, whose astounding cultural and social and racial stupidity could have cost innocent people their lives.'
No, it isn't. It isn't culturally, socially and racially stupid or insensitive to tell/instruct other humans in a community environment, a train, bus or plane to 'quiet down'. Neither of us were there so we must rely on 3rd party narratives (the staff who called the police and the women on the train from the reading club) to understand. Not surprisingly, they are at odds.
I can say for myself, that I have been on a train, ferry or bus with obnoxiously loud and profane people. I don't care what gender or race, telling them to pipe down isn't stupid. In one case on a bus here in Seattle, a loud black woman on her cell phone got into a heated argument with another white woman passenger for the latter telling into her to quiet down. The bus driver intervened and as I recall the police weren't called. In another, the ferry after a Seahawk, Sounder or Mariner game there were plenty of loud, drunken white guys. They were told dutifully by security or crew not be that loud. Clearly, the police weren't called it was a ferry.
For what it is worth, 'guns' weren't introduced into the situation. The police were. Virtually every law enforcement officer in the nation from an FBI agent to a local police officer is armed.
Finally, I read about this story over the weekend and thought it very insignificant. I wondered why editors thought t necessary to publish. Then I pondered did the racial insensitivity/police response angle have anything to do with this? I can only conclude, yes. I found that foolhearty especially considering today's horrific crime in Virginia:
The perp was a black male and his two apparent victims, white. Both shot in broad daylight on live TV. The former was a disgruntled former employee who had a most shocking manifesto. Is this tragic story about 'race', 'racial insensitivity' etc.? No. But the first story wasn't either. It was a petty story and race didn't have to be brought into it. I blame the editors.