On Friday evening Sherrilyn Ifill, the director-counsel of the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, tweeted about an incident on an Amtrak train she boarded in Washington, D.C. — just two days before the national holiday celebrating the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
.@Amtrak I’m being asked to leave my seat on train 80 which I just boarded in D.C. There are no assigned seats on t… https://t.co/Os7x8XSQaU— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1579299536.0
Ifill, being a prominent legal and civil rights activist, decided not to acquiesce to this demand, and the situation escalated. What happened next soon left the conductor struggling to explain her behavior to her aghast supervisor.
@Amtrak update. I will preface this by saying that I love Amtrak. I am a regular customer. I returned to Amtrak eve… https://t.co/7s8LPJD7Bk— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1579302517.0
But this was truly bizarre. I left the train at Baltimore and called over the lead conductor and the agent/conducto… https://t.co/mm59JeFVfP— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1579302679.0
I laid out the facts and made clear that I know thst it is absolutely contrary to policy and unacceptable to pick o… https://t.co/ONTm54z62V— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1579302851.0
At the point I said I was getting off in Baltimore - the next stop is on the train - she should have known that she… https://t.co/RK8tJJwjKe— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1579303002.0
She is looking frankly, unwell. I will deal officially with @Amtrak on Monday which, up to this moment still has no… https://t.co/N5nKsc6dH7— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1579303102.0
What really disturbs me is how someone with this authority can just entirely make up something so ridiculous and ap… https://t.co/tidbwA9FHw— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1579303712.0