Racial Discrimination in Rideshare Services
WHEREAS, the mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure equal access to services available to the public and equal treatment for all persons; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP seeks to confront the effects of racially discriminatory practices in the operation of ride sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and others; and
WHEREAS, some new ridesharing platform policies enable drivers to decline trips to low-income or minority neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, including a rider's photo and name when they hail a ride contributes to racially discriminatory practices such as delaying ride acceptance and canceling trips; and
WHEREAS, when race-specific information is provided, a 2016 study by the Bureau of Economic Research shows a driver is more likely to be able to discriminate against riders of color; and
WHEREAS, studies have found a higher cancellation rate for minority passengers once personal information was shown.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP advocate at the federal, state and local level for the prohibition of ridesharing services' practice of providing information to drivers that indicates the race of the rider, or their destination that can allow discrimination