Two girls walk onto a train, talking quietly amongst themselves.
As they sit down, a woman leans out from the row behind them. “This is the quiet car.” The girls stop, taken aback.
“You don’t need to tell me that,” says one of them.
“Well you were talking …”
“We were talking to get on the train.” *Looks incredulous. I, also, felt incredulous.* They pick up their things which they’d just set down and head back out of the car.
“I was just trying to be nice!” Fruitlessly. But were you?
Pop quiz: who in this story is white, and who is black?