A video of a dispute – apparently between a cab passenger and the driver – that turned into a hate crime has gone viral on social media. The incident took place in Washington, D.C., in the United States and involves a white woman who racially abused a Black man – the cab driver.
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“TRIGGER WARNING: Seen in Cathedral Heights, DC this morning. Apparently, this man was her Uber driver and is seen getting verbally and physically assaulted by this woman. She repeatedly hurls racist slurs towards him,” Washingtonian tweeted.
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The 60-second video shows the two standing on the pavement in what seems to be a residential neighbourhood. In the heated argument that is recorded, the woman can first be heard calling the man a ‘psycho’ and repeatedly tells him to ‘take your medication’.
As the video plays out, she becomes more abusive, first telling him ‘I employ you… I am your boss’ and then screaming a racial slur several times before walking away.
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The man reacts to the racial slur after which she calls him a ‘slave’; at this point the person recording the video gasps and commenting on the racist rant.
With over 3.5 million views, the video has taken the internet by storm with people expressing anger at the appalling incident and demanding action on the matter. “Observe how leisurely the two white women strolled through a hate crime without so much as flinching. That speaks even louder than the woman screaming with violence,” one user said.
As the video garnered attention, Uber responded to the tweet.
“Behaviour like this is never okay. We have a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination. If you have more information about the Uber rider or driver please DM us so we can investigate this,” the company responded.