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 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’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.”

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