A few blocks down fare inspectors boarded and began asking people for their proof of fare. First 2 people presented Honored Citizen bus passes. They were asked for their additional card that is supposed to accompany this type of pass. Each person explained they did not have it. Each one was told that they need to have this. No further action was taken. Then another person on the bus presented his HC bus pass. He was told he needed to have the additional card as well. He explained in the very same polite manner that he did not have this. He was then removed from the bus by the fare inspectors. So what was the ONLY difference between this man and the other 2? He was the only black person on the bus.
This to me is a very clearcut case of everyday racism. Oh sure, maybe he should have had his extra card(which is a very questionable policy at best). Oh sure, she took him off the bus using polite language. But, why then did the 2 white people not require this very same extra card and/or removal?
Honored Citizen bus passes are reserved for the most vulnerable people of our communities, the elderly and disabled. SHAME on Trimet for picking on this man!