American President Trump has been a controversial figure during the whole Presidential run scenario. His Immigration order has taken everybody by storm. Protests against the order are taking place across many airports of United States. The leading cab company ‘Uber’ came into picture during one of these protests, when the New York Taxi Workers Alliance declared a strike at JFK airport, Saturday night between 6 and 7 p.m.
NY taxi workers Alliance represents around 18000 taxi workers in New York city. In an statement regarding strike, the alliance said “”Drivers stand in solidarity with refugees coming to America in search of peace and safety and with those who are simply trying to return to their homes here in America after traveling abroad. We stand in solidarity with all of our peace-loving neighbors against this inhumane, cruel, and unconstitutional act of pure bigotry.”
During the strike, Uber was still operating at JFK airport and even removed the surge pricing. This led the protesters near JFK airport to believe that Uber was profiting from the plight of refugees. And it sparked a movement that turned into Uber boycott. The liberals started deleting the uber app and hashtag #deleteuber soon started appearing in social media posts.
While many supporting the boycott see Uber as the villain, there are several aspects of this incident that puts Uber in a different light. For instance, although the drivers of Uber may represent NY Taxi Workers Alliance, Uber as a company has no liability to support any similar protest. Uber was doing its daily job and more so, many passengers (some other immigrants not from the list of seven blocked countries) who were just trying to get home would have been left stranded if it wasn’t for Uber.
In the aftermath, the ban movement continued into Monday morning with many trying to link Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick’s connection with President Trump as part of his Economic Advisory Board. And it took no time for Uber’s competitor Lyft to jump into the bandwagon as well. Lyft donated a million dollars to the ACLU (who are fighting against Trump’s order in court) to “defend our constitution.”
The core issue has been the immigration ban and it’s understandable that activists are upset about Kalanick’s involvement with Trump. But considering everything about the Uber incident, is boycotting Uber for Lyft really the solution to the problem? It is up to you to decide.