Accused Racist Claims Colorblindness, Is Denied Driver’s License

An aspiring truck driver who denied he is a racist by insisting he’s colorblind was denied a Louisiana commercial driver’s license.

Lowell Dupre, of Springfield, was applying for a CDL at the Office of Motor Vehicles recently when he reportedly grew impatient with an African-American employee who wasn’t processing his application quickly enough for his liking. After reportedly spending over an hour at the Independence Boulevard office, the frustrated, 26-year-old, budding transportation entrepreneur asked Juanita Dunn if she was hired solely because of the state’s affirmative action policy.

The 20-year OMV worker responded by accusing Dupre, who dreams of owning a fleet of hotshot delivery trucks, of being a racist.

Dunn denied Dupre’s CDL application, citing federal law requiring all commercial motor vehicle drivers to have “the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber.”

When Dupre shot back by saying he is not racist and that he “doesn’t see color,” Dunn denied Dupre’s CDL application, citing federal law requiring all commercial motor vehicle drivers to have “the ability to recognize the colors of traffic signals and devices showing standard red, green, and amber.”

An exasperated Dupre tried to de-escalate the situation by claiming his self-described colorblind state was merely a figure of speech commonly used by racists to seem less racist.

However, Dunn remained steadfast in her decision, maintaining she would risk neither her job nor the lives of other motorists by granting a license to someone who claims he is unable to see color.

“I’m not violating federal law for anyone,” Dunn explained. “Even affirmative action employees know better than that.”

 

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