Anti-racism is a very real thing. It’s an important aspect of healthy living, like exercising regularly and eating healthy. Perhaps most interesting today is whether “driverless” cars (artificial intelligence) will be anti-racist.
Here is a perfect example reported in morning callwhen a rideshare driver asks people to stop treating him like a hero because he did the right thing.
“I appreciate it, really,” he wrote. “But that’s how it should be everywhere, every time. I shouldn’t be ‘the guy’ who did or said it…we should all be that person. Speak up if you’re not there. comfortable with [racism] because it does [racists] uncomfortable, as it should be.
The rideshare driver was called a ‘f—-n-lover’ and threatened with physical violence after he objected to the blatant racism of two passengers trying to hire him in Catasauqua, Pennsylvania, while the Philly Voice recalls.
“Oh, you’re like, a white guy,” the woman said.
“What is that?” Bode said.
“Are you… are you… a white man?” replied the woman.
“Excuse me?” Bode replied, shocked by the question.
“You’re like, a normal guy – like, do you speak English?” the woman said, then excused herself and patted Bode on the shoulder.
“No, you can get out of the car,” Bode said. “I’m going to cancel the trip. It’s inappropriate. It’s completely inappropriate. If someone wasn’t white sitting in that seat, what would be the difference? »
“Are you serious?” asked the woman.
At this point in the video, Bode began explaining to another man just outside the car what had happened and why he was canceling the ride. Bode informed the man and woman that the conversation was being videotaped.
“You’re a fucking asshole. You’re a piece of s***,” the man said. “I should fucking punch you in the face.”
“Are you going to threaten me? Assault?” said Bodé. “You are fucking racists.”
“And you’re a fucking asshole,” the man said. “F***ing N***** lover.”
The small town of Catasauqua (north of Allentown, population 6,509 and 90% white) has confirmed that the woman in the video is Jackie Harford – owner of Fossil’s Last Stand at 429 Race Street – and her companion is her boyfriend.
The city’s sad story is that it got its name from the Lenape Native Americans who were then forcibly removed under the genocidal policy of President Andrew Jacksonso that the land can be exploited massive wealth generation programs.
…in the early 1900s, Catasauqua had the highest concentration of millionaires per capita of any community in the country.
The naming history of “Race Street” is unclear, but after this event perhaps it should be renamed Anti-Racism Street.
International condemnation included the business page on Yelp awash with attempted anti-racist images and comments.
Are masks mandatory or do customers have to bring their own white balaclava?