On January 27, 2016, President Trump issued the Muslim Ban, an executive order that will bar refugees and immigrants of seven predominantly-Muslim countries from entering the United States. In response, thousands of New Yorkers flocked to John F Kennedy Airport this past Saturday in opposition of Trump’s executive order, where an estimated 100-200 Muslim immigrants have been detained at the airport under Brooklyn Judge Ann Donnelly’s stay of removal.
Families and friends are fearing over the deportation of loved ones, as allies are demonstrating their support with peaceful protests. Taxi companies and unions representing taxi drivers in New York City have equally demonstrated their stance in solidarity against the ban by refusing to pick up passengers from the airport from 6 p.m to 7 p.m. during the time of the protest. Meanwhile, the popular transportation company Uber spurred much media attention this weekend having been suspected of supporting the ban; the accusations regard the company of profiting from the protest for tweeting that their service had turned off surge pricing, allowing passengers to commute at regular prices during a high-demand time.
Protesters saw this as Uber taking advantage of the resistance fight to attract business, and since Saturday, the trending hashtag #DeleteUber has gone viral. Uber users throughout the country are not only deleting the application from their devices but also permanently deleting their account, opting for other services like Lyft, planning to contribute $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for the next four years.
How does deleting Uber make a difference? Protesters want to voice their concerns against taking opportunistic attempts in a time of much despair, despite Uber’s claims that their actions and intent were not so. In fact, the company has set aside $3 million for Uber drivers who will be affected by the ban.
The fight for the inclusion and acceptance of all people must continue, but is deleting Uber the way to go? Will you be deleting Uber? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!