In addition to having mysterious powers of meteorological prognostication, Al Roker is one of the most recognizable African-Americans in the country. Unfortunately, even one of America's most famous black men can still get passed by a cab in New York only to watch it pick up a white passenger moments later. (It sucks when it happens to not-famous people, too.) Discrimination of service based on race is illegal for NYC taxis.

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While this has probably happened many times, something about today's incident was clearly a last straw of sorts for Roker, who used his powers not only to predict this week's forecast, but the coming supremacy of Uber over traditional livery companies.

Adding insult to insult, this incident occurred in front of Roker's 13-year-old son, forcing a man who had risen so high in life that he once sharted at the White House to explain to his son that, yes, racism was reaching out and touching them.

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