Taxicab racism, film at 11

December 7, 2012

Sure, we all know it’s hard for a black guy to get a cab. It’s another thing to see how hard it is for a black guy to get a cab. WUSA-TV I-Teamer Russ Ptacek hit the D.C. streets with a hidden camera and two assistants — one black, one white. Both wanted to to go to an address in Congress Heights. Of 40 cabs, 34 took them there. As for the other six, “the video shows the black passenger being passed up for service six times, while the white passenger is refused service three times.” In the most egregious example, a Riteway Cab locks the doors on the black guy before going halfway down the block and picking up a white guy with the same destination. Said the driver, “I didn’t know he was white.”

In other news:

D.C. Water and Gray administration have $40 million plan to address Bloomingdale flooding by 2014 (Post)

Anita Bonds, poised to fill council vacancy, steps into the spotlight (Post)

No time for campaign finance reform? “Hogwash,” says Jonetta (Examiner)

In apparent road rage incident, bicyclist stabs driver (WRC-TV)

Ray’s the Steaks at East River is closed (DCist)

Jim Graham took “inappropriate actions” on lottery contract, CFO investigator said in buried report (Post editorial)

Graham critiques DYRS spending, practices (WaTimes)

Still no medical marijuana (WRC-TV)

UnitedHealthcare might have lost on bunch of money on its D.C. Medicaid business, but it still wants a new contract (WBJ)

D.C. Preservation League is not a huge fan of the St. Elizabeths gateway pavilion (DCmud)

Harry Reid is not a fan of the Post sports section (Sports Bog)

Newest Census estimate confirm what we already knew (WJLA-TV)

The D.C. baby boom will be in wards 1 and 2, planners say (DCist)

Obama makes D.C. eligible for Sandy aid (D.C. Wire)

City planning for inauguration crowd of 600,000 to 800,000 — half the 2009 crowd (PostExaminerWAMU-FM)

Inauguration, the Web site! (D.C. WireDCist)

D.C. man gets 22 years for robbing his grandparents (WaTimes)

Relive what is widely acknowledged as the worst council session of all time (City Desk)

Tom Sietsema hands Minibar a shocking two stars (Post)

Could Capitol Hill’s restaurant emperor be cashing out? (Capitol Hill Corner)

Woman, 63, shot to death in Northeast apartment in apparent domestic incident (Crime Scene)

Resurrecting Bardo Rodeo on Bladensburg Road (Young & Hungry)

DC Brau expands again (WTOP)

Today: The at-large appointment candidates are on Kojo (WAMU-FM)

Tonight: Tommy Wells hosts the “Brickies” (TommyWells.org)

“Sure, the Hoover Building is not pretty, but you sort of get used to it.” (Post letter)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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