August 7, 2015 8:00 pm -


A New York cab driver was fined $25,000 for refusing to a ride to a black family while picking up a white woman instead.

Cynthia Jordan, 57, and her daughters were outside Macy’s in Herald Square nearly two years ago, trying to get to a birthday party when Baqir Raza locked his cab doors and insisted he was off duty.

But before Jordan could yell, “taxi,” again, Raza was putting out the welcome mat for two white women just 25 feet away, according to a Human Rights Commission report.

“Are you kidding me?” Jordan screamed at the driver after racing over to confront him. “You picked up these two … white b—–s … instead of me and my family. I’m going to report you.”

And report him she did, first to the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission, which fined Raza $200 after he pleaded guilty, then to the Commission on Human Rights, which took up the racial discrimination case.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.