Amtrak Recruiting LGBT Passengers

Eric Scheiner, CNS News, November 15, 2013

Amtrak has announced the launch of three microsites targeting specific segments of the population: MyBlackJourney.com, AmtrackRideWithPride.com and DescrubeNorteAmerica.com.

In an Amtrak news release, the government-funded intercity train service company says the new websites launched last week, “provide connections to Hispanic, African and LGBT travelers.”

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Amtrak quotes MyBlack Journey.com editor Saunya Connelly as saying, “This site will include cultural destinations and reflect the historical journey of African Americans living here.”

Liliana Lopez, Amtrak editor of DescubreNorteAmerica.com (in English, “Discover North America”) says, “Diversity begins with respect. Respect for the community, for culture and, of course, for you.” Amtrak says this site was developed in Spanish and provides culturally relevant information on train travel.

Amtrak received $1.3 billion in government funding for 2013.

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  • And ironically, Amtrak’s heaviest users are people trolling back and forth between D.C. and New York, more specifically, K Street and Wall Street.

    They want LGBTQMIAPDLOLPLPLTH to ride the rails. I wonder if that’s a double entendre.

    • bilderbuster

      AMTRACK’s bathrooms must be the filthiest & most dangerous places in AmeriKa.
      The boxcars must be one big rolling, trolling, gangbangers gangbang.
      All aboard!

      • Alucard_the_last

        I noticed that too. To add to your comment, the trains are filthy too. On my NYC to Chicago trip, a guy was waiting outside the restroom. He let me go in front of him because there was no toilet paper. Amtrak also pulls stunts like turning the air conditioning so low to get you to buy a blanket. Never again. I’d rather fly.

      • nevilleross

        They’re actually quite clean, since a lot of people take buses, drive, or fly to where they have to go (and Acela is super clean.) Where do you get your info on people of color?

  • IstvanIN

    I am puzzled. Why would black or gay passengers need their own websites? If you need to go from Boston to Philadelphia wouldn’t that be the same schedule and tracks that everyone else uses? I guess this is marketing and I suppose any increase in ridership in beneficial to the bottom line. Well, maybe except blacks, there have been several incidents where blacks have been thrown off of an Amtrak train for being loud and rowdy.

    As for the Spanish site. I am against it. Any US Government agency website should be in English. In fact all US government units, whether federal, state or local, should only do business in English. And why is it called “Discover North America”? Sound suspicious to me. Does Amtrak have a lot of trains that run into Canada and Mexico? Or is it because Hispanics are insulted by the use of the name United States? This one I am really against.

    • dd121

      It’s how the lib-dems carve out their voting blocks by creating the myth that repubs hate them.

      • So CAL Snowman

        I don’t think it’s a myth.

    • bilderbuster

      The Hispanic site is the most anti-White one when it say’s for us to have respect for their community,culture blah, blah, blah…
      It should tell THEM to respect America.

      • IstvanIN

        They have no respect for the US because we have no respect for ourselves. We have let them invade, we pay them to do it, we have rolled over without a whimper.

        • bilderbuster

          That’s not entirely true.
          Many times voters have passed English only & other anti-illegal laws just to have federal judges rule against the laws.

      • Blue-eyed Devil

        You hate Hispanics. You’re mean.

        • bilderbuster

          I’m live & let live when they stay in their countries.
          I don’t mind if they visit now & again as long as they remember that they are guests & conduct themselves as such & then go home.
          Hate is too strong of a word.
          Dislike them severely?
          I suppose.

  • JackKrak

    Only in America are mass market ad campaigns targeted at the one, ten or fifteen percent minority….

    If only there was another group, an even BIGGER group, that constituted, say, seventy percent of the country that they could appeal to on openly, explicitly racial or tribal terms. If only….

  • WASP

    I surmise this must be the reason for sudden interest in LGBT, Black, and Hispanic riders:
    “Amtrak received $1.3 billion in government funding for 2013.”

    • Erasmus

      To make it seem homier will the black passenger car be tagged with graffiti and littered with crushed cigarette butts and empty liquor bottles on the floor? Will the lesbian passenger car be done in black leather and the gay one in pink satin?

      Poor George Orwell. He was born w-a-a-a-y too soon.

      • DaveMed

        “To make it seem homier will the black passenger car be tagged with graffiti and littered with crushed cigarette butts and empty liquor bottles on the floor?

        Why are you so averse to being culturally enriched by urban art?

      • Blue-eyed Devil

        More gay bashing. When will it end?

        • Major

          Never, maybe? The topic is so rich with possibilities.

        • Erasmus

          Oh the humanity!
          (boo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo)

  • Truthseeker

    “Diversity begins with respect. Respect for the community, for culture and, of course, for you.

    White people and their culture do indeed deserve a lot of respect. By any objective measure, whites have done more to make the world better for people of all races than any other race has. Thanks for giving us our due, diversity-mongers! I mean, that is what you meant, right?

    • Erasmus

      As they do with money, the lefties expect respect to be given, instead of earned.

  • D.B. Cooper

    And in other (related?) news, today’s Drudge has an article about a “Nude Woman Boards Red Line, Claims To Be Goddess Of The Train”. You just can’t make this up, can you?

    • Pelagian

      Nice fanny for a white woman. She just may *be* Goddess of the Train.

  • bigone4u

    Every white family’s dream vacation: Viewing the fruited plain while seated next to a couple of leather tranny boys who can’t keep their hands off each other.

    • Alexandra1973

      Viewing the fruited plain on a fruited train!

      • Blue-eyed Devil

        You hate gays.

        • Alexandra1973

          No, I hate the behavior they exhibit.

          Homosexuality is abnormal. Then again, liberals are all about going against nature. It’s natural to want to be with your own kind, so liberals want forced integration. Homosexuality is abnormal, so they tell you it’s a perfectly valid sexual outlet.

          • Blue-eyed Devil

            You have no right to judge.

          • Erasmus

            And you have no right to judge those who are judging.

        • Erasmus

          I don’t hate gays. But, when they went after The Boy Scouts, they went too far. Way, way, way too far, and the radical queens made themselves my enemy.

          Since the enemy of my enemy is, to a degree, my friend, my fast-food of choice is Chick-fil-A, my drink Russian Vodka and my favorite movie Ender’s Game. And I prefer Vladimir Putin, hands-down, over Barack Hussein Obama.

      • Erasmus

        Or “on a fruity train.”

    • Jesse James

      Sounds like a trip to Disney World.

  • Spartacus

    Putting groids and perverts in the same cage… I don’t see a problem with that.

    • Xerxes22

      Amtrak should have separate cars on their trains. One or two cars for Blacks, Hispanics and gays, and the rest of the cars for everyone else. Ridership would double if they did that.

  • Major

    Great…they can name some of their routes and cars…The Tea Bagging Room…the Sodomite Express and the Daisy Chain Train.

    • Blue-eyed Devil

      Homophobic jerk.

      • Alexandra1973

        Funny, Major didn’t seem to display any signs of fear with that post.

        • Major

          Why would I? They are actual behaviors and acts common with the gay crowd. Ask David Gregory.

          • Alexandra1973

            Crazy liberals think that if you don’t like something, you fear it somehow. Hence the term “homophobe.”

            Fear’s got nothing to do with it. I call it “disgust.”

          • Major

            Exactly. For 99% of males in this country…looking at another males stuff like it’s a Happy Meal, doesn’t cut it. And that same majority will never accept it as “normal”.

          • Pelagian

            The “phobe” is a nod to the glorious future when they can involuntarily commit all of us homophobes to psych wards and make us watch films like “His Son’s Boyfriend” and “Big Guns” (real titles courtesy imdb) until we’re properly conditioned.

          • Pelagian

            Just take a look at Craigslist “missed connections” in your city sometime. I expect more chaste behavior out of my pet gerbils than the LGBTLMNOP crowd.

          • Major

            Aren’t gerbils one of their favorite “pets”?

  • Alucard_the_last

    I took 4 trips via Amtrak and all the blacks were uppity, rude and on power trips. They were all sullen even in the dining car where tips mattered.

    • Katherine McChesney

      Dining car?? I travelled Amtrak in the early 80’s from Los Angeles to Lamy, NM outside of Santa Fe. The dining car was a sad sight and the food inedible. It was like dump on wheels. However, the staff was white. I remember when dining cars tables were laid with damask, china, silver and there were roses in bud vases. The food was absolutely delicious.

      Seriously, the world was a better place before integration.

      • Alucard_the_last

        I agree. Nothing has gotten better. Rotting inner cities, barbaric “music”, the rape of the English language and total lack of morals and if we say ‘no!’ Then we are racist.

        • nevilleross

          Go back in time to the supposedly amazing past free of people of color, then.

          • Alucard_the_last

            If I could go back “then”, I would do anything to stop the importation of Africans and slavery.

          • nevilleross

            Except that whites needed free labor, and so they turned to Africa to get it. If your white ancestors didn’t want Africans here, they should have depended on white slaves, or not encouraged slavery altogether.

          • Pelagian

            It wasn’t “free labor”. They had to pay for the slaves. That’s not a minute distinction. It’s like saying I had a “free automobile” because I only paid $20,000 for it once.

          • nevilleross

            Sorry you bigoted ass, but slaves weren’t paid for their labor-they were ‘paid for’ and bough and sold like cattle at auctions. Please read history again, and turn off Faux Noise, as well as disengage from all of the other bullshit media outlets that you get your news from (which judging by you are places like Stormfront.)

      • Alucard_the_last

        The food is better but expensive. There is no table cloth etc. and you will forced to sit with strangers.

  • me

    How much you want to bet that Amtrak, a ‘diversely-run’ company, won’t have a ‘Polar Bear Express’ to keep White people safe? Another White company/industry/invention being taken over by the Orc undertow….

    • Major

      Yet…they’re subsidized by whom? It sure isn’t the so called “minorities”.

  • One reason I think whites are in decline is that working white couples must spend many hours each day commuting in and out of work. Even tho they’re working for companies which produce all of America’s useable National Product, they spend many hours each day sitting on a highway with thousands of other motorists waiting for the traffic to move.

    They spend hours working and are highly taxed. 3% of the Federal budget is for “Transportation”

  • Pelagian

    Well, I’ll be sure to knock twice before entering an Amtrak bathroom from now on. Ewwwwwww…

  • GOD

    My father passed away 3 1/2 years ago. I miss him but glad he does not have to witness the increased insanity in this country. He WAS so proud to be an American. I remember he bugged me for watching certain shows, like Different Strokes & The Jeffersons. As a 7 or 8 year old kid, I didn’t get that. I did understand plenty for my age though. Thanks to my dad, who was gone by the time I was 10, I had a jump on what was to come. Me and my other Italian friends learned through real life experience that blacks were a cancer. We spent our teen years and beyond handling them the only way that works. I thank my father for starting me off on a path toward REALITY. Now, and as of the last couple of decades, you couldn’t pay me to watch 1 of those episodes. Thanks dad….you were right….and ahead of your time. This country is a disgrace in too many ways to mention. For now, I’m happy to still be living in the least liberal NYC borough of them all….for what it’s worth.

    *Sorry for the random rant*

    • Major

      Yo…Staten Island….keepin’ on.

      • GOD

        ;O)

    • Pelagian

      “I remember he bugged me for watching certain shows, like Different Strokes & The Jeffersons. ”

      Your father was a good man. (I will say a prayer for his soul tonight.) And he was totally right about those shows. I have to admit I watched the Jeffersons a lot and liked it. And it would still raise a smile if I watched an episode today. But I am not going to argue that that the normalization of black lifestyles on TV was an OK thing for the culture as a whole. It is but one small step from “Diffrent Strokes” to the knockout game and a 75% illegitimacy rate.

      And although I’m not a fascist (I’m a Catholic, how could I be?) there is one thing the fascists have been proven right about (for anyone who has eyes to see): about “tolerance”. You tolerate ONE THING and then – bam – its the camel sleeping in the tent plus hogging your pillow and blanket. Whether it’s gays, black antisocial behavior, sexual revolution, feminism .. whatever.

  • Paleoconn

    Agreed, they can market to them all they like, but to little avail, I would guess. I hear the western routes of Amtrak are nice, Zephyr, Empire, Coastal Starlight…

  • nevilleross

    People in Mexico ride inside trains, too.

    Why do I get the feeling many of you watch Faux Noise a lot, and have never dealt with Latino people at all?

  • nevilleross

    Actually, they would, if they can afford it, especially if said train is fast like Acela. Again, where do you people get your info about blacks and Latinos from?

    I have my qualms with Amtrak, mainly that it takes in billions in subsidies and still posts horrific losses with no accountability

    Who do you think is going to run passenger rail, if it isn’t Amtrak? The freight companies aren’t going to give up what they do to run humans again, unless they decided to invest in the high speed rail that (*gasp*) Obama wanted to build.