Letter to Uber
by J. Alexandra Tuttle
STANDING UP AGAINST HATE:
In the days, weeks and months preceding this 8/17/2017 email from Uber, I noticed I was
In the days, weeks and months preceding this 8/17/2017 email from Uber, I noticed I was becoming increasingly irritated – maybe seething is more accurate) by the “Love Trumps’ Hate,” or the “Hate doesn’t make US great” (again a reference to Trump and by extension all supporters) signs; or the (essentially) “we don’t care where you’re from, who you are, or why you’re here,” we welcome you “ – signs that sprinkle my “uber elitist “ PC neighborhood. Disingenuous at best as well as insulting. Like many, I was hesitant to put up my own ‘Trump
signs, bumper stickers , out of concerned that my property would be damaged ‘by those who hate.”
However, a breaking point occurred just after Charlottesville, when I received this email one early morning from Uber:
We were horrified by the neo-Nazi demonstration that took place in Charlottesville, which resulted in the loss of life of a young woman as well as two Virginia State Troopers responding to the protest. There is simply no place for this type of bigotry, discrimination, and hate.
As the country braces for more white supremacist demonstrations, we wanted to let you know what we are doing for the Uber community.
* We will act swiftly and decisively to uphold our Community Guidelines, including our policy against discrimination of any kind—this includes banning people from the app.
* 24/7 in-app support is available to answer questions and address concerns. You always have the right to end your trip if you feel uncomfortable or disrespected. Now more than ever we must stand together against hatred and violence. Thank you for making our community one that we can all be proud of.
On behalf of all of us at Uber, Meghan Verena Joyce
Regional General Manager, US & Canada Cities
My Response: [please note this is information within the brackets was not included in my original response email to Uber because it was not available]
Re: Standing Up Against Hate: Open Letter to Uber
Dear Meghan Verena Joyce,
Regional General Manager US and Canada Cities for Uber I am in receipt of your email, dated 8/18/17 regarding all of Uber’s “concerted” efforts to ‘Stand UpAgainst Hate.” While a seemingly noble idea at first glance, it took about a nanosecond to realize how self-serving it was. Really? Who isn’t against hate? Extremist groups perhaps, or people with hate in
Against Hate.” While a seemingly noble idea at first glance, it took about a nanosecond to realize how self-serving it was. Really? Who isn’t against hate? Extremist groups perhaps, or people with hate in their heart -how about Democrat Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal, who called for Trump’s assassination? [ Or, Frank Cerutti who teaches history at NOVA Community College and told students that Trump was a **ing moron and if they “..voted for Trump, they should just get out of class right now.”] I have to ask the powers that be at Uber, why you singled out only “white supremacists?” Why not Black Lives Matter? Why not Antifa , both which were also present? It was known early on that they were there too and came prepared to do battle. There are plenty of other divisive, hate-filled groups, whom you did not condemn. Why not the Muslim Brotherhood, or the new Black Panthers to name a few? All of these groups and individuals who have a platform, spew hate, and yet you saw fit to leave them out. Why?
Your statement of repudiation and selective morality of only the white Supremacists, perpetuates the false narrative that it is only the right that is filled with the so-called “Donald Trump hate.” Frankly, I am disgusted by what your statement insinuates and how irresponsible of your company to perpetuate it. I call on Uber to RENOUNCE ALL HATE GROUPS and to immediately rectify your singling out only one hate group. Until you take these actions, I have cancelled my Uber account. Furthermore, I will urge all of my friends, who like me, are opposed to ALL hate groups – to do likewise
PS: please do not use a preposition at the end of a sentence, in your last paragraph, Uber- it’s bad