Eight people were killed and 11 injured when a truck mowed down pedestrians on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday. The suspect is a 29-year-old Uzbekistan native who emigrated to the United States, and who Uber confirmed worked as a driver in New Jersey for the last six months. What happened is obviously a tragedy but one Twitter user seems to think the perpetrator's religion has something to do with his crime. Stereotyping isn't cool! This is as bad as assuming every white male Christian is violent, when you consider the demographics for most domestic terrorists we've had this past year.
On Wednesday, Laura Loomer, a former Project Veritas activist, took to Twitter to complain that she was late to a press conference on the attack because she was unable to find a "non Muslim" cab, Uber, or Lyft driver. A little funny to me that she would even know a driver's religion, since I'm pretty certain that information isn't listed after the license plate number and name when a driver accepts your fare. Sure, there might be some names you can assume belong to Muslim people, but you know what they say about assumptions. My guess is Ms. Loomer took issue with the skin color each driver had and said she didn't want to support any "Islamic immigrant" ever again.
And now Loomer is likely going to have issues finding any kind of driver. In response to her tweets, Uber told Business Insider that Loomer had been banned for violating the platform's community guidelines. Lyft also said they had deactivated Loomer’s account.
Loomer wasn't only banned from Uber and Lyft, she was also slated by other Twitter users.
Good luck finding a ride now.