I had a long chat with the taxi driver on my way to the airport. I told him I am a writer. He asked if I’ve ever written about taxi drivers. Awkwardly I told him I had, explaining the discrimination I’ve faced.
“That’s bullshit”, he said
He told me how ignorant people can be and how they don’t consider how quickly someone can acquire a disability or be impacted through a disabled child. We talked about the diversity of disabilities. He also said how he recognises that he is representing his family and country, and it’s a shame that discriminatory behaviours can tarnish the reputation of a race.
When the ride ended, he apologised to me on behalf of taxi drivers and his race – though I said there was no need to. What a wonderful trip.