An UBER client submitted a complaint against a Muslim woman driver wearing an Islamic supremacist headbag, sparking outrage across social media and unraveling a conundrum about the ethics of public shaming of ‘racist’ (What ‘race’ is Islam?) behavior.
WARNING TO UBER USERS: Always request a non-Muslim driver, especially a non-Muslim male driver, if you are a woman.
Vocativ Uber user Rene Hunter allegedly complained that the ride-sharing company “allowed” a Muslim driver, Sonia Marcella Martinez, to wear a headscarf, which Hunter mislabeled as a “berka.” On August 8, Martinez posted a screenshot of the alleged complaint—which said Martinez’s husband could be “the enemy within”—on the Facebook page Muslims Are Not Terrorists.
The post went viral, spreading across Tumblr, Twitter, Reddit and various women’s forums. In part, it garnered support and prompted others to share similar stories: One Muslim-American, Leilah Abdurahman, wrote that she also received Uber and Lyft cancellations that she suspected were motivated by prejudice and Islamophobia.
The complaint also ignited outrage at Hunter’s behavior and sparked a sort of social media witch hunt, aimed at teaching Hunter a lesson about religious discrimination. Commentators shared Hunter’s personal information, workplace and employer’s contact details. Dozens of users shared images of the messages they sent to Hunter denouncing racism (what ‘race’ is Islam?), as well as complaints sent to Hunter’s employer in North Carolina. Others submitted outraged reviews to her employer’s pages.
In the aftermath of the backlash, it appears that Hunter deleted her Facebook and Twitter accounts, and that her employer disabled reviews and comments on their professional pages. Neither Hunter or Martinez responded to requests for comment.
Apparently, Rene Hunter has a good understanding of the threat Muslims pose to this country: