October 23, 2011
Separation of sexes on NYC bus
“Back of the bus” typically has a very discriminatory context. On the B110 bus through Brooklyn, that phrase has nothing to do with race. It has to do with gender and religion.
The New York Times reports:
To be sure, the story makes no mention of a woman being told to go to the “back of the bus.” It’s just understood. But what would happen if a woman defied the norm?
The B110 bus is operated under a franchise from the city. But after Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is Jewish, learned about the religiously motivated separation of sexes on the bus, he said the franchise would be revoked unless the practice was changed.
More on coverage of the story, which began with a report in Columbia Journalism School’s The New York World, at GetReligion.