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An MSNBC host seems to be playing the race car in the process of generalizing about “unwelcoming’ and “aggressive” commercial truck drivers who are supposedly too white, male, and MAGA. Ageism may also be in play.
Tiffany Cross, who noted that her brother is a truck driver and that she is concerned for his safety, began the segment on the “The Cross Connection” show by pointing out that a shortage of thousands of long-haul operators is exacerbating the supply chain crisis.
She then steered the conversation in a different direction when she claimed that after speaking to a number of drivers in preparation for the interview, “they talked about, you know, hearing some of the racism over the CB [radio].”
“This is, again, an industry populated by a lot of white men over the age of 55. This group of people overwhelmingly voted for Trump. Some people have talked about, you know, aggressive truck drivers cutting them off or not being helpful. So obviously, the more populated it is with people of color, I think you’ll see less of that. But how can you encourage people to come and disrupt this space when it seems a bit unwelcoming?”
Cross, who works for a liberal network that blames just about everything on the former president, directed her loaded question to Pamela Day, the owner of a truck driving school who is seeking to diversify the industry, especially by training female drivers. As alluded to above, the host characterized the effort as “disrupting” the industry.
“We say we’re not building truck drivers but safe CMV operators,” Day explained. “Folks that can get back to their home whenever they’re done with their shift. That’s the most important part.”
Day remarked that she had encountered racism in her driving career, but added that “the more we can just get the news out to [women] that trucking is an industry that will not only help them to get further in life with their family and all of that and present the package to them appropriately, regardless of what anybody else has to say, they’re going to be in charge…The women will be able to close this deficit if we can just let them know.”
Given the situation at the country’s backlogged ports that is leading to empty store shelves or shortages of goods, America most likely would welcome qualified, safe drivers regardless of background, or gender, political affiliation, if any, or chronological age, for that matter.
Tiffany Cross is, however, no stranger to giving a platform to racially divisive narratives on her ratings-challenged TV show.
MSNBC guest Elie Mystal: Whites care more about ‘using their guns on black people’ than kitchen table issues https://t.co/mMiPYaI43H
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) November 7, 2021
In this particular instance, Twitter is emphatically suggesting that Tiffany Cross metaphorically should stay in her lane. Here is just a sampling (*warning for language):
This is exactly the kind of facile, sub sophomoric, garbage you have to come up with when you view the world without a class analysis.
— Zak Ebrahim (@ZakEbrahim) November 14, 2021
As a otr cross country trucker, this isn’t true. I see tons of black, Indian, and Hispanic drivers. I’ve also seen a lot of women drivers lately.
Also, regular “4 wheelers” drive a lot more reckless than professional truck drivers.
— ℝ𝕒𝕧𝕖𝕟 ✨ (@WesternDarling) November 15, 2021
There is nothing left in America that they won’t filter through “race”. It’s disgusting and I can’t believe people still are fooled by this divide and conquer tactic.
— North (@HardPass2022) November 14, 2021
God didn’t create race or racism. People like @TiffanyDCross did.
— therealsquaregrouper (@JayByrdSG) November 14, 2021
I’m a truck driver for almost 9 years and I listen to the racist ignorant comedy show on the CB sometimes to get a good laugh. They are not to aggressive because they know their CDL is their livelihood.
— Danny Stokes (@stksboy) November 15, 2021
My father was a truck driver for a small company, now retired. I would often spend time there in the summer as a teenager. Out of the 20 or so drivers, I’d say maybe a dozen were either Black or Hispanic. Her statement is utter nonsense.
— DioDonofrio (@DioDonofrio) November 14, 2021
I work security for a warehouse. On top of your point, I have seen many, many more non-white drivers that white. Strangely, a lot of Indian and South-Asian people.
The entire argument falls apart the second someone with experience touches it.
— TLG (@TLGDoesThings) November 14, 2021
In the next 10 years we’re going to be a million drivers short. I drive and have my CDL. These race baters have no idea what they’re talking about. Trucking has nothing to do about race it’s about people not wanting to do the job.
— Big Daddy (@jocap75) November 14, 2021
This is some vile shit. And ridiculous. Trucking is incredibly diverse, as is the working class overall. When my partner was new, experienced drivers helped him out; now he’s helping new drivers–neither race nor sex enters into that. Oh, and zero accidents or moving violations.
— Sasha #ClassMatters (@Sasha_CA) November 15, 2021
The vast majority of truck drivers are highly professional because they often see what happens to reckless drivers.
— Craig Zimmerman (@craigzimmerman6) November 14, 2021
Go drive one of those trucks for 300 miles and see how hard they are to handle especially in wind/storms and how bad people drive around you.
— JT (@31Hog) November 14, 2021
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