A couple entering a Lyft driver’s car immediately comments how nice it is to see a ‘normal, white’ driver who ‘speaks English’. Their comments are clearly expressions of racism – and the driver responds by telling them he’s declining the ride and asking them to leave his vehicle. At which point they start cursing at him and call him a ‘n-lover’. The driver politely and firmly insists that they leave his car and tells them that he has filmed the entire interaction, and is also calling the police. The video has gone viral.
Black CNN commentator Don Lemmon is visibly touched when speaking about the firm stand against garden variety racism exhibited by the driver. I also found the video touching. This was a short and simple gesture of decency but nonetheless, the type we don’t see put into practice quite often enough.