From Black Voices — Who says there is no such thing as racial profiling? A preppy-attired young black man hailed a New York City cab in the wee hours of Saturday morning. As the Wall Street worker attempted to step in to the vehicle, the driver asked where he was going and when the response was “Brooklyn,” the cabbie hightailed it off dragging the young man along the streets of SoHo.
Jerrell Horton (pictured) is a young, black, urban professional. He is the first member of his family to obtain a college degree and is proud of it. He works a white collar job in the financial district on Wall Street. He was dressed conservatively and lives in a nice area in Brooklyn. Horton is an accomplished 23-year-old and is baffled as to why a cab driver would size him up as a threat or menace to society just because he asked to be taken to another borough in New York City other than Manhattan.
“All they see is a black man, a potential hoodlum. It’s very disheartening,” he told the Daily News.
The DePauw University graduate was out at a club partying with friends and decided to head home at around 3 a.m. After trying to get a cab to stop for him, 45 minutes later one did, and unfortunately for Horton, it was the wrong one. When the driver asked him “where to?” and Horton replied, the cabbie sped off without ever checking to see if his passenger had stepped away from the car.
Horton’s jacket apparently got caught in the cab’s door before he had a chance to step in to the vehicle. “I was getting in when he hit the gas and my jacket got caught in the door,” he said. “I was screaming at him to stop, but he would not stop. I struggled and struggled until I finally pulled free.”
Horton was dragged for one block.