This Week in Racism

Racist South Carolina Uber Driver Earns Far Worse Than Zero-Star Rating

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Death and taxes used to be the only two certainties in life. But no matter how much progress it feels like we’re making sometimes, the sad fact is you can probably slide racism into that list. Are we in a moment of uprising that feels like it has the potential to create real, systemic change? Yes. Do people and organizations still show their ass on a daily basis? Oh, most definitely. And to keep tabs on all that ass-showing, we created a weekly racism surveillance machine. If you already get our newsletter, Minority Report, you’ve likely seen this — but now the rest of the internet can get a taste.

🗑 At Smoothie King, you pay extra for blueberries, but the racism is free

Let it never be said that racist idiots who work in food service don’t have a sense of humor. At least, let it never be said that they don’t think they have a sense of humor. In the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, not one but two Smoothie King employees — at different locations, no less! — got caught putting fake customer names on receipts. The more creative of the two listed an Asian customer as “Jackie Chan”; the other one couldn’t even go that far, and referred to a Black customer simply as “n****r.” HILARIOUS. So, Zack H. and Caleb, here’s to you: Not only do you have a long life of success and achievement ahead of you, judging from the fact that your names were on the fucking receipt, but you might have prompted your ex-employer to change their own name. Goodbye, Smoothie King; hello, Sofa King Racist! (WSET-ABC)

🗑 Uber driver puts the “car” in “scary-ass racist tirade”

Depending on how many White-caricature friends you have, you may be familiar with the phrase “Uber ride from hell.” As in “bro, that was the Uber ride from hell — he had no idea where he was going, and then he got mad when Scotty ralphed in the back seat!” Well, your man Parker has nothing on Jovene Milligan. Earlier this month, Milligan’s car broke down in rural South Carolina during a trip from Atlanta to Charleston; AAA came to tow the car, but couldn’t take Milligan and her daughter due to Covid restrictions, so Milligan got an Uber. For nearly 70 miles, the driver yelled racial epithets, drove erratically, spoke menacingly about his “violent tendencies,” and refused to let the two women out of his car. Milligan filed a report with the sheriff’s department in the county where the nightmare began, but more importantly, she’s suing both Uber and the driver. Next time you hop in a ride-share, everyone, just make sure the driver’s not playing the theme from Deliverance. (WJBF-ABC)

🗑 Coming up on this week’s episode of We’ve Got a Massive Police Problem in This Country…

When three Queens police officers were indicted last week on corruption charges involving bribery and drug trafficking, you might’ve shrugged your shoulders. A pig that don’t fly straight, what else is new? But the real fun lurked in the details about defendant Robert Smith, who literally referred to himself as “one of the most corrupt cops” in his precinct. In a series of text messages, the 44-year-old Smith showed just how White the thin blue line really is. “Bro, I point my gun out the window now at n*****s and watch their reaction and drive away. Hilarious,” he wrote in one. And just after he retired last year, he sent one claiming “the real smith [sic] will shine. I even shaved my head. Klan.” Add that to the mountain of recent evidence — the challenge coins featuring cops hunting a Black man with locs, the slur-tossing anti-harassment official, and dozens of lawsuits alleging bigotry — and it’s looking like the NYPD has officially locked down top seed in their region in the upcoming Racist Cops Nationals! Congrats, pricks and dicks: May you one day protect and serve something other than the status quo. (NBC News)

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