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Bizarre Marin cab ride prompts charge of anti-Black racial discrimination February 7, 2007

Posted by C.A.R.D in African Americans, African-American, anti-Black racial discrimination, Black, Blacks, Cab Racism, Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Marin cab, Marin Yellow Cab, Michael Orange, Racism, Racist, San Rafael, taxi, Taxi cab, Taxi Racism.

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. A San Rafael restaurant manager filed a racial discrimination claim against a cab company after a taxi driver allegedly locked him in his cab and drove him to jail because he thought he was a fare scofflaw.

Lawyers for Michael Orange, 29, filed the complaint against Marin Yellow Cab on Tuesday with the state’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing.

Orange said he hailed the cab outside a San Rafael bus station in June and asked to be taken home. Instead, the cab driver locked the doors, made a quick U-turn and headed in the opposite direction.

“I’m locked in the car – he’s not telling me what’s going” on, Orange said. “This isn’t just some drive like ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’ This guy is really whipping me around.”

The driver pulled up in front of the Marin County Jail and told Orange, who is black, that he “fit the profile” of a man who had skipped out on two earlier fares. He could either pay the fare in advance or talk to sheriff’s deputies, the driver told him.

Marin Yellow Cab declined to comment Wednesday.

After Orange insisted several times, the driver called his dispatcher, who verified that Orange was a good repeat customer and could be taken home. The cab driver did not apologize but told Orange he could have the ride for free if he stayed quiet about the incident.

Orange paid him $20.

CARD {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: mercurynews.com

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