It’s no secret that hailing a cab in black neighborhoods has been a challenge for years. Studies have shown that 55 percent of Blacks needed cab service at some point, were refused service by cab companies; additionally, studies show that a majority of Blacks & surprisingly nearly half of whites are in agreement that taxi drivers deliberately discriminate against Black passengers.
Enter ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft which initially, were highly touted as services that would close the gap on those disparities. But, a new 2-year study shows both are failing black passengers, in the same way the traditional taxi services have done.
Researchers at MIT, Stanford and the University of Washington found that Uber and Lyft drivers discriminate against passengers based on race and gender. That, as former NAACP president Ben Jealous, now a partner with a venture capital firm that invested in Uber, once praised the ride-sharing service.
Kim Lampkins has more …