Juno, Lyft and Uber Drivers
The President of our country is not curious and he is a racist. I could be wrong but from a data point, that is what it appears to me. I am making a big judgment here that the majority of NYC Juno, Lyft and Uber drivers are not big Trump fans because the majority of them are not white men.
I was going to speak at Greg Coleman’s class at NYU a few weeks ago and took a car to get there. The driver made an impact on me. His car was super clean. He asked me how my day was going and then respectfully let me do my thing. Classical music played in the background. He was a good driver, cautious defensive but not aggressive.
The drive ended and as I was getting out of the car I thanked him and noted that I really enjoyed the music. He looked at me and in an extremely broken Middle Eastern accent, he said “Happy Holidays” almost in a question because he wasn’t quite sure if that is what you were supposed to say. I smiled and wished him Happy Holidays too.
As I walked to the class, I wondered about him. He was well-dressed, polished and appeared to just have arrived with enough money to have a nice car and look good but he was driving a car to make cash. Was he a doctor where he came from? A professor? A business person? Whatever it is, I assumed he came here for a better life and that he needed to leave where he came from. Most people who come here don’t just leave a country that they love where their roots are, they leave for a reason.
My guess is that man is going to make the very best of his life here. He makes an impact on the US economy, maybe he raises his kids here who feel so indebted to the US that they go on to do great things here. Who knows but I do know that the chances that he will give back in ways we don’t know about is much higher than doing nothing or doing something bad.
I know of two people, married with three girls who all have graduated from UPenn. One of the couple comes from Morroco and the other from Iran. Their parents brought them here for different reasons when they were in their teens. They love this country deeply as they have seen how their home countries did not work for their families. How much they love the US still resonates with me. They literally thank their lucky stars every single day that they live here and were able to raise their kids here.
The wall that Trump wants to buil is so utterly ridiculous. We should work with other countries to create environments where people want to stay but the reality is there will always be people who want to migrate to the US. We should embrace them. They are good for our economy and for future generations. In some
It is time to shut down this wall nonsense down.