The head of a New York taxi driver organization came under fire on Wednesday for suggesting that cab drivers should racially profile passengers before picking them up to help avoid getting attacked.So a man of black and Hispanic ethnicity admits the obvious and what happens? Well, King Sharpton chimes in for starters. He obviously doesn't care to face the truth when he makes a living sowing racial hatred. No white people to blame her.
The controversial remarks by Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, came after livery cab driver Trevor Bell was shot and wounded by a passenger last week.
Police say they are seeking a suspect in the attack described as a Hispanic male wearing a hooded sweatshirt. The driver remains in critical condition at a New York hospital.
Racial profiling addresses "a controversial reality that the people committing most of the crimes against drivers are Hispanics and blacks," said Mateo, who is of black and Hispanic origin.
"It's very hard to admit the truth when the truth affects your own community," he said on Wednesday. "What I'm trying to do is expose a very serious problem that we have been facing as a community for a very long time."
Activist Rev. Al Sharpton said: "It is understandable that we have outrage when attacks like this happen.Now if a white guy assaults a cab driver, then Sharpton will be outrageously outraged and leading protest marches. When it's blacks and Hispanics committing the bulk of the crimes he simply doesn't care. What's some collateral damage when you've got an agenda?
"But I don't think two wrongs make a civil right," he said.
Mateo said roughly 300 taxi drivers in New York City are robbed or assaulted each month. There are some 13,000 taxis in the city and more than 40,000 other for-hire vehicles.
Meanwhile, while the suspect was thought to be Hispanic, apparently he's not. I just hope the NYPD doesn't disrespect him when he's picked up. Otherwise, Al Sharpton might be offended.