*As many of you may know, I moonlight — proudly — as an Uber driver. In fact, after making upwards of 3500 trips, I’ve written a book about it. I bring this up because I regularly transport a variety of people who have seen my profile; and realizing I’m from Brooklyn, New York, a large number of the Caucasian passengers proudly assert they live in Brooklyn, or Harlem. I can’t help but notice they say this as if I should be impressed.
I never am.
So when I came across this article in Your Black World that claims an increasing number of complaints have come into the Oakland police department — complaints by whites having issues with Black residents innocently living life as usual in their East Oakland neighborhoods — my mind went straight to those Uber passengers. Continue reading