Yesterday, in response to Trump’s latest executive order that banned immigrants from 7 countries with Muslim majorities, a multitude of protests broke out at major airports across the country.
While several ride-share companies stood in solidarity with these protests by halting transportation from the airports, Uber did the exact opposite and people are understandably pissed.
The first protest against Trump’s Muslim ban broke out at New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport.
Two Iraqi refugees were detained at JFK in abidance with Trump’s executive order. What began as a small crowd chanting and holding cardboard signs, quickly grew into an enormous sea of people and spread nation wide.
In solidarity with the protestors, the NYC Taxi Worker’s Alliance stopped service at JFK for one hour.
The union, made up of over 19,000 taxi drivers released this statement on Twitter with the hashtags #muslimban #nobannowall.
Meanwhile, the popular ride-share app Uber saw this as an opportunity to take advantage of people desperately needing rides from the airport.
The company announced via Twitter that they would continue to give rides and also remove their surge pricing. Their lack of solidarity with other forms of transportation was a detrimental move against the strike and was seen as a slap in the face by their Muslim employees who had immigrated to the United States.
After the understandable amount of backlash Uber received, the app quickly tried to clarify that they had not intended to oppose the strike.
However, many are speculating this as a sheepish attempt by the app to hide behind a statement from their CEO Travis Kalanick who is also conveniently a member of Trump’s economic advisory team.
Nice try, Uber.
Fortunately, other ride-share apps like Lyft took a stand.
The company stated that they will be donating $1 million to the ACLU over the next four years to defend the constitution and prove the power of community.