Black passengers trying to hail a cab in the District of Columbia are 25 percent less likely to get picked up, according to a hidden camera investigation by local DC news program WUSA 9.
Over the course of three weeks, WUSA 9 anchors examined almost 100 taxis on Saturday night between 6:00 pm and 2:00 am. Anchors followed several black customers, both actors and real people, as they tried to hail a cab around DC. Of those passengers who were picked up, the investigation revealed that white customers got a cab in as little as 15 seconds, while black passengers sometimes waited for almost 15 minutes.
In a few cases, black passengers were ejected from the cab in favor of white passengers, or because the cab wouldn’t go to the black person’s destination.
(HT: Huffington Post)