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Al Roker Says New York City Taxi Skipped Him Because He's Black

Al Roker says racial discrimination is still alive and well after a New York city taxi didn't pick him up.

"Filed a complaint today after getting passed up again by a NYC Yellow cab," Roker says on social media. "Cabbie picked up a white guy a block away."

"Wonder why Uber wins? This happens to folks of color every day. And while most cabbies do their job, there are those ignorant, racist ones who hurt the others."

The 'Today' show weatherman says he became especially upset because he was with his wife, Deborah Roberts, and son.

"What really hurts, my 13 yr. old boy was with me and asked why the cabbie passed us. I said, 'Nick, ignorant people make dumb choices.' Hopefully NYC taxi weeds out the bad apples. Looking forward to a hearing and dealing with this."

After some said Roker was being petty pulling the race card, he explained: "He pull up, I reached for the door, took off and went for the guy a block away. He saw me and took off for another fare. Not a laughing matter."

"Trying to get a sick kid to the doctor and you get passed, you go blind with rage. Not funny."

November 24, 2015 |

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