Jovene Milligan, a Black woman from Charleston, reached for the gun in her purse during an Uber ride on Friday from Aiken to Columbia. She prayed that she would not have to use it.
Moments before, Milligan claims in a lawsuit, the Uber driver known only to them as “Daniel” in his profile had asked her and her daughter where they came from after declaring his heritage hailed from Great Britain. When the women referred to themselves as African Queens, the driver launched into a racist diatribe, where he repeatedly called them the N-word. It was captured on video clips the women filmed during their ride.
The driver then began speeding and swerving on Interstate 20.
With one of her hands resting on the gun, Milligan remembers telling her 30-year-old daughter, Ghiana Gardner, “This could go bad. So just be prepared.” Then, they closed their eyes and began to pray.
On Monday, Milligan and Gardner filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court against both the driver and Uber after their 59-mile trip the Friday before Mother’s Day weekend left them fearing for their lives.
After The State reached out to Uber with footage of the incident, the company said it has now banned the driver from accessing the app.
“Everyone has a right to feel safe when using the Uber platform and what these riders experienced is extremely upsetting,” a spokesperson for Uber said in an email. “We have a clear non-discrimination policy and we have removed this driver’s access to the app.”
Click here to read more.
SOURCE: The State, Caitlin Byrd