(Update, Nov. 4) – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13) have called upon ride-share service companies Uber and Lyft to address reports of racial discrimination, following a study recently released by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
“We are concerned with findings from the NBER study that show evidence of discrimination against African American riders attempting to use ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft as a means of transportation,” Butterfield stated. “The CBC urges the leadership of these ride-sharing companies to address the issues of racism and discrimination found while using their platforms, and implement solutions that work for all customers to ensure fairness and equity in the services they provide.”
In addition, “As ride-sharing and the broader sharing economy continue to reduce transportation costs and improve access, we must ensure that these gains are seen by all communities, not just a handful. Anything else is simply unacceptable,” Lee, co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’s TECH2020 Initiative, stated. “As tech companies continue to innovate the future, we look forward to working with them to implement measures that ensure access, equality, and fairness for all.”
CBC Chairman Butterfield, Reps. Lee, Emmanuel Cleaver (MO-05), and Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), members of the CBC Diversity Task Force and CBC TECH2020, have also sent a letter to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and a letter to Lyft CEO Logan Green addressing their concerns.
Visit http://cbc-butterfield.house.gov/sites/congressionalblackcaucus.house.gov/files/16.4.11_CBC_Letter_Uber.pdf, and http://cbc-butterfield.house.gov/sites/congressionalblackcaucus.house.gov/files/16.4.11%20CBC_Lyft_Letter.pdf, to view the letters.
(From Nov. 2) – People in cities across the country have learned that catching an Uber is an easy way to get from point A to point B — but new research shows that it may be easier for certain people than for others.
Researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of Washington analyzed roughly 1,500 Uber and Lyft rides taken in Boston and Seattle.
According to CNN Money, Boston’s Uber and Lyft drivers were more than twice as likely to cancel a ride if the requesting passenger had a more “African American sounding” name. The researchers also found that drivers took female passengers for more expensive rides that lasted longer.