New York Cabbies Regularly Face Racial Slurs
At the end of a story about Ahmed Sharif, the New York cabbie who was stabbed by an anti-Muslim bigot, Bhairavi Desai of the Taxi Workers Alliance notes that half of New York’s cab drivers, many of whom are from India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, have been victims of racial slurs during the past year.
Early next week, the New York Taxi Drivers Alliance will release a survey it conducted of 200 drivers over five weeks, Desai said.
During that time, two researchers working for the union asked drivers about verbal and physical assaults they said they’ve endured.
More than half of the drivers said they had been called racial slurs by passengers at least once in the past 12 months, she said. Close to 35 percent of the 200 drivers said they had been told specifically, “Go back to your country.”
Desai also explains that Sharif will be out for months and still has to feed his wife and four children while subsisting on 2/3 of his income. The Alliance site tells how you can offer help.Click here for reuse options!
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