A viral video shows a Washington, DC, Uber passenger unleashing a horrific, racist barrage of insults against their driver in an apparent argument over a phone charge.
In the clip, shared on the aggregator Washingtonian Problems, the passenger repeatedly uses the n-word and calls the driver a “slave” as the two argue on a sidewalk.
“You’re a little piece of s***, n*****,” the passenger tells the driver, who mocks her as a “Karen,” an insult for a racist, entitled white woman.
TRIGGER WARNING: Seen in Cathedral Heights, DC this morning. Apparently this man was her Uber driver and is seen getting verbally and physically assaulted by this woman. She repeatedly hurls racist slurs towards him. pic.twitter.com/u0gJhUyvK5
— Washingtonian Problems (@WashProbs) November 23, 2022
“I’m a b*****? You’re still a slave,” the passenger said at one point.
The Washington Metropolitan Police told WTOP that officers interviewed the driver, but a formal complaint hasn’t been lodged.
Until then, no full police investigation can occur.
Uber condemned the passenger’s conduct, saying in a statement the women’s conduct was “sickening” and has “no place on the Uber platform or anywhere in society.”
The company has also banned the passenger from the app while it investigates what happened.
In another video from the incident, taken from the driver’s perspective and later shared on the Washingtonian Problems account, the passenger appears to be having the racist meltdown because her phone is low on battery.
“My phone’s going to die. N*****,” she says. “That’s they they call you n*****s. For asking for a phone charger.”
Update: here is the video from the Uber driver’s perspective. pic.twitter.com/jLQvsOl6dE
— Washingtonian Problems (@WashProbs) November 24, 2022
“I’m white, you’re not,” she says at another point. “That’s why you don’t like me.”
Throughout the racist diatribe, the driver mocks the passenger, calling her “Karen” and taunting that “you’re going to be all over the Internet for being a racist woman.”
The identities of the individuals involved in the confrontation are unknown.
The incident is evocative of 2020’s “Central Park Karen,” when a white woman named Amy Cooper falsely claimed to police “there’s an African-american man threatening my life,” when a Black bird watcher named Christian Cooper (unrelated) ask her to follow park rules and keep her dog on a leash.
Mr Cooper, a longtime bird watcher and activist, went on to host a nature show on National Geographic.