United States-based Kenyan comedian David Kangogo, who is popularly known as David the Student, has encountered racism in his host country. The comedian was working as a Lyft Taxi driver when the incident that he recorded on his cell phone occurred.
In a video doing the rounds on social media, David was ferrying a white couple home after they requested a taxi through the Lyft App. He asked them to put on face masks but they declined and he had to kick them out.
A white man verbally attacked a Black Lyft driver after refusing to wear a mask.— AJ+ (@ajplus) November 20, 2020
Lyft has permanently banned the passenger from using the platform and the man was fired from his job. pic.twitter.com/PxWcyTcUiv
The man then became hysterical and called him the ‘N’ word and even threatened to relieve himself in David’s car, while declaring it would be the last day he would work as a driver in the US.
In an interview with the media, David said that the first thing that came to his mind was to record the incident, for fear of having the scenario flipped on him.
“I was just thinking, get what exactly happened as they are going to flip this thing on me and make it look like I attacked them,” David said,
Following the incident, the man was fired from his job and banned from going to the bar at whose parking the incident took place.
Lyft also issued a statement, saying it had banned the racist man identified only as Joe from ever using their APP.
“There is no place for discrimination of any sort in the Lyft community, and this behaviour is unacceptable. We have permanently removed the rider from the Lyft community and are in touch with the driver to offer our support.” Lyft stated.
The man has since apologised for his behaviour, claiming he had had too much drink.
“I humbly apologise for my behaviour towards David K. the Lyft driver on Tuesday night. I should have never said the things I said nor acted like a complete idiot. He didn’t deserve that. Nobody does. I had too much to drink and lost control of my tongue and I said horrible things that I truly regret.
“Watching the video was hard for me. It was as if I didn’t recognise the person. I let myself down, I let my friends and family down, I let my company down, I let our whole country down. I ask for forgiveness and mercy from everyone, especially David the driver, the Lyft community, my family and friends and our community.” he said