The creep in New York didn't attack a Muslim doctor, a Muslim lawyer or Muslim store clerk. He attacked a taxi driver. Of course, we make easy targets because most of what happens in cab takes place without witnesses. Nonetheless, you have to wonder if part of the hatred that Ahmed Sharif saw in the face of his assailant was directed at his means of livelihood as well as his occupation.
Cab drivers being assaulted, robbed or killed hardly ever makes the front page of a paper - certainly not as a lead story - yet it's a common event. The people who make lists shows taxi driving as only the 10th most dangerous job in America but most assaults on cab drivers and many robberies go unreported: partly because taxi drivers need to keep working in order to to earn their living and, partly, because many drivers don't think that the police can (or will) do anything anyway. It's only when a driver is shot, stabbed or killed that taxi drivers get any attention.
During my career, I've had numerous incidents:
- There have been 3 attempted robberies.
- I've been assaulted 3 times.
- 3 people have threatened to kill me.
- I've had so many people threaten to assault me that I couldn't possibly count them all.
Hmmm - I'm feeling myself beginning rant and I have to start my shift, so I'll make it short.
I think crimes against cab drivers should be classified as hate crimes. It's class warfare. What do you think?