A group of young black people was refused a ride from an Uber driver who kicked them to the curb. It appears, though, that they weren’t discriminated because of their skin color but rather their political ideology. They’re conservative.
During a recent interview with Breitbart, U.S. House intern Matthew Handy, 20, explained that he and several other black conservatives had contacted an Uber driver for a ride to the Trump International Hotel in D.C. for a Make America Great Again event.
Out of respect for the political viewpoints of others, they held their red MAGA hats in their hands. It wasn’t enough.
After spotting the MAGA hats, Handy recounted that the Uber driver said, “I can’t do the ride” even though it was already paid for.
“Can you please get out of my car?” the driver then demanded after the conservatives got in, mistakenly thinking he was joking.
“I was angry and embarrassed,” recalled Adria Barrington, a 33-year-old former corrections officer.
“We’re supposed to be accepting over everybody else,” Handy pointed out, “but when it comes to us and our beliefs, we’re supposed to keep them quiet or hide them when everybody else is open with ‘I’m with her” T-shirts. Truly, it’s a double standard.”
He contacted Uber, but after getting generic responses, he finally received a phone call from a representative who said the company may or may not investigate the incident.
“It reminded me of the ‘60s, back when Rosa Parks and a few others were [told], ‘You can’t sit here. You have to move to the back of the bus,’” Handy said.
Barrington admitted that “A second or two after he kicked us out, I thought about not telling people what I believe in. But then I thought about it...and I was like this is America. I shouldn’t be scared to voice my opinion.”
Handy, Barrington, and another intern also appeared on conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham’s show to talk about the incident.
“As an African-American woman, as a conservative Republican, apparently you’re not allowed to think certain things,” Ingraham told Barrington. “That’s what goes through my mind. You’re not allowed to think certain things, otherwise, you don’t deserve to be in this car. I find that to be reprehensible.”
“How many times has he [the Uber driver] done this and gotten away with it?” Barrington wondered allowed. “Will this be the new norm? Will we be judged by the way we think? That’s the same thing as being judged by your religion, your gender, or your race.”
“I think of all the great Civil Rights leaders who struggled for people to be able to be who they are without regard to skin color or gender, and now it’s your mind — you can discriminate against someone for their mind, for their opinions,” Ingraham observed.
Watch the full interview below: