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Endangered Profile? When Sandra Seegars was invited to meet with mayoral Chief of Staff Abdusalam Omer last Friday, she figured Omer probably wasn’t calling with congratulations for her recent Today Show interview with Katie Couric. “I guess it’s about what I’m saying,” says the outspoken member of the D.C. Taxicab Commission. “They want to shut me up.” After urging D.C. cabbies in a January Washington Post Outlook piece to avoid picking up “dangerous-looking” young black males, Seegars has become the Ward Connerly of the District. Omer canceled Friday’s meeting at the last moment, Seegars reports, but he has rescheduled the tete-a-tete for this upcoming Monday. Seegars says she refuses to retract her statements, and she rejects criticism that she’s endorsing a brand of racial profiling that flagrantly violates D.C. taxicab regulations. “There aren’t a whole lot of white people here,” says Seegars, who adds that she was specifically referencing Ward 8, where she lives and plans to run for the D.C. Council against incumbent Sandy Allen this fall. “It just so happens that all we have are black people. If people don’t fit that description, it’s not about them.” Seegars says she has no intention of leaving the mayorally appointed Taxicab Commission. “Omer and I are good buddies,” she says. “Once we talk about it, I think we’ll all be OK.”