Passenger Drives Cab Driver Crazy

by kimfsp on Septembre 11, 2015 - 1:46pm

In Nancy Hixt article "RCMP reopen investigation into racist abuse of Calgary cabbie" published on July 21st, 2015, addresses the story of Sardar Qayyum a 35 year-old cab driver who was verbally attacked by one of his passengers. On the early morning of November 17th, 2013, the passenger riding in Qayyum's cab asked to pass by a McDonald's. The author explains that the passenger rudely insulted the cab driver and also his family and culture. Despite being verbally abused by his passenger, Quayyum still agreed to his request. Hopeless, he endured the discriminating threats quietly. The traveler, who was already angry took it a step further by punching the camera to Qayyum chest and got off the car. Hixt adds on that the passenger had to compensate for the physical damages he caused but was not charged for the verbal abuse. The author states that it is only two years after this event occurred that the RCMP decided to reopen the case. Ever since that incident, Quayyum, father of four have had a hard time coping with his daily routine.

Reading this article, I felt like there was a great injustice applied to the cab driver. I think the case was pretty obvious that the passenger verbally abused the cab driver and that it was extremely unfair that he was not charged for verbal brutality. I felt the RCMP was extremely negligent towards Quayyum's case and that perhaps this was due to racism. I believe that it is intolerable to see people diminishing others just because of their culture. The passenger who associated a bomb to Arabs was extremely out of place. I feel that he went too far when he mentioned the cab drivers family who had no right to be insulted. As Curnoe mentions in his article "Biological Reality or Cultural Delusion?", racial categories were created based on culture and language. I think that people associate a certain skin tone with a certain culture and this is where racism comes in. Quayyum was classified by his skin color which led to assume that he was Arab and therefore attacked for his culture. As Diamond mentions in his article "Race Without Color" there is so many ways to categorize people such as lactose tolerance or body hair type. He concludes that it is useless to create "racial" differences based on those arbitrary categories. It was hard to see how someone who works hard all night long and gives a good service to his clients, to be discriminated like that.

Hixt, N. (2015, July 17). The passenger rudely insulted the cab driver and also his family and culture. Global News. Retrieved from

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