Last August, 11 members of the Sistahs on the Reading Edge Book Club said they were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train for #LaughingWhileBlack.
“We thought the purpose of the Wine Train was to have a good time and enjoy being with a large group. No one told us of any noise ordinance. If you get a group of 11 women talking and laughing, it’s going to be loud,” Lisa Johnson, an author and the leader of the book club, told the Napa Valley Register last year.
Apparently, the folks on the wine train had a problem with the ladies’ noise level and booted them off the train, where they were met by police.
“We were paraded; 10 African-American women and one white woman, being paraded through the cars with four police officers outside,” Johnson said at the time. “It was humiliating. I’m really offended to be quite honest. I felt like it was a racist attack on us. I feel like we were being singled out.”
The group accused the Napa Valley Wine Train of kicking them off because they were Black, however, the company disagreed. After the women in the book club filed a $11 million lawsuit, the two parties recently came to a confidential settlement.
We’re relieved that we were able to resolve the matter,” Johnson told the Mercury News. “I think it’s something we can put behind us.”