Transit CEO In Baton Rouge Says Black Drivers Keep Whites From Riding Bus
Bob Mirabito, CEO of Baton Rouge’s Capital Area Transit System (CATS), apologized this week after asserting that buses were not being used by white passengers because there were not enough white drivers.
During an interview last week, podcaster Clay Young had asked Mirabito how he handled the “racial divide” at CATS after taking over the CEO job.
“CATS is actually 95 percent African-American,” Mirabito explained, according to The Advocate. “And unfortunately our demographics don’t match Baton Rouge.”
“I would love to have a workforce that matches the demographics of Baton Rouge because I think there are some people out there who may not ride CATS buses because they don’t like the color of an operator’s skin.”
“That is a shame,” he added. “As long as everybody does their job, that’s all I care about.”
Obviously, the black leadership in Baton Rouge ain’t goin’ for it.
Metro Councilman John Delgado told The Advocate that Mirabito should be fired if he refused to apologize for his comments.
“If that’s his assessment of the potential ridership of Baton Rouge, then he’s an idiot and needs to be fired,” Delgado argued. “It’s obscene. I find it offensive.”
However, Councilwoman C. Denise Marcelle said that it was too late for apologies.
“If the board and my colleague who chairs the board sits there and allows that, we’ve got a real problem,” Marcelle insisted.
First they don’t want us sitting in the front of the bus, now they don’t even want to ride it. SMH.
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