Mom rants about 'racist' train experience with her young daughter

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Earlier this week, a British singer took to Twitter to share details of a racist incident on a train.

Jamelia, a popular singer in the UK, was traveling with her 11-year-old daughter in first class. A white woman, however, asked her is she had a first class ticket -- implying that she was lying by sitting in the section.

They went back and forth, with the woman claiming that she would ask anyone sitting with her if they had a first class ticket. Jamelia called her out on her racism:

Jamelia and her daughter moved to another seat. When a white man took their place, the woman didn't say anything. Jamielia's daughter had an impassioned reaction:

For anyone who didn't believe her, Jamelia shared a photo of her tickets -- which were indeed first class:

She also couldn't resist sharing a photo of her daughter on the train:

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So, I got on the train with my 11 year old daughter...didn't even sit my bum on the seat good & a lady approaches me & asks me if I have...
...a 1st class ticket. I look around. My daughter & I r the only black people in the packed carriage. I ask her "why did you ask me that?"
...she replies "well I've just seen the conductor & he won't let you travel in this carriage" I ask "why?" She says "you need a 1st ticket"
I ask "why have you assumed I don't have a 1st class ticket?" She says "well, have you got one?" I reply "have you?" She says "yes I have"
I ask "what made you ask that question to me and no one else?" She says "it's because I wanted to sit with you, I just need to make sure"
I say "I don't need a ticket for u to sit opposite me, no need to lie, my 11 year old could tell you why you asked, why not just be honest?"
...The least you could do is admit you were wrong to do so" her "no, I wasn't wrong, what are you implying?" - try flip the script on me 😂😂😂
I laugh, and say "let's be honest, you've asked me because I look like young black girl & you've allowed your prejudice to speak for you"
"No, that's not it, I would ask anyone I'm sitting with if they have a 1st class ticket" i burst out laughing she says "don't laugh at me"
I look her dead in the eye & say "let this be a lesson to you, don't you ever make this assumption out loud again, I hope you feel ashamed"
I then pick up my stuff & move to another table in the carriage with my daughter...a white guy sits down where we were sat...Not. A. Peep.
My daughter looks over at the lady and says "Are you not going to ask him for his credentials then?" The lady turned as red as a beetroot.
I'm done not calling people out. I am also raising two wonderful young women who will grow up to call you out too...you have been warned 😑😑😑
Before anyone asks 🙄😩😂 https://t.co/O0iqhfH77l
This is earlier...but hella appropriate 😂😂😂 https://t.co/bbhiugkGnB
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The mother's tweets went viral and gained attention from several news outlets. When she was asked to be interviewed, Jamelia decided to write a blog post about what happened.

She discussed the response she received from her tweets. "What struck me, were the wave of comments I received ... first of all those in response to my tweets, the shock and horror that this could happen," she wrote.

Unfortunately, though, Jamelia said that this is not a rare occurrence. "Most of my train travel is first class, and I would estimate that at least 60% of the time," she noted, "I experience this exchange with either another passenger or someone working for the train company."

She also, however, made a point to discuss the support she's received from sharing the story. Jamelia vowed to keep sharing. "We serve no-one by remaining quiet," she wrote, "if anything this renders us complicit in the continuation and validation of this behavior."

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