We’ve all heard stories of New York cab drivers passing up Black folks trying to catch a ride home, and now we have a new tale to add to the anthology. Al Roker took to Twitter this weekend to recount an unfortunate incident he experienced because of the color of his skin.
“Filed a complaint today after getting passed up again by a NYC Yellow cab. Cabbie picked up a White guy a block away,” Roker tweeted. “Wonder why Uber wins? This happens to folks of color every day. And while most cabbies do their job, there are those ignorant, racist ones who hurt the others,” he wrote.
“What really hurts, my 13 yr. old boy was with me and asked why the cabbie passed us. I said, ‘Nick, ignorant people make dumb choices,'” he continued.
In a statement to the New York Daily News, Taxi and Limousine Commission chair Meera Joshi said, “We’re grateful that Mr. Roker took the time to file a complaint, and I can assure him that we will investigate this thoroughly and take every appropriate action.”
Remember folks, racism is bad, m’kay.
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