This Black Television Writer Couldn't Catch A Cab Even With His Emmy In-Hand

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: (L-R) Comedians Ashley Nicole Black, Travon Free, and writer Melinda Taub attend Comedy Central's Emmy Party at Boulevard3 on September 9, 2017 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

This Black Television Writer Couldn't Catch A Cab Even With His Emmy In-Hand

He shared the moment on Twitter.

Published September 16, 2017

It's no secret, today, that racism goes beyond class and successes, and the latest example of this sad truth is television writer Travon Free, who took to social media to show that he's still considered "just another Black man" despite having won one of the most prestigious awards in entertainment.

Free, who currently writes for Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, recently won a Creative Arts Emmy for Oustanding Writing for a Variety Special, along with the rest of the show's writing staff.

Still on a high from his huge win, he took to the streets of New York City with his trophy in tow to go about his day. When he tried to hail a cab, however, he was quickly reminded of the harsh reality that despite his latest accolade, he is still racially profiled.

Posting a photo to Twitter, he explained that the cab he hailed bypassed him, with the driver looking directly at him as he slowly strolled by, and stopped to pick up a white woman who was not too far ahead.

This remains an unfortunate and common instance for several Black folks in the Big Apple, to this day.

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Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

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