As a Black man, I can truly say that no racism has damaged me more, in my pursuits, than the racism perpetrated by Black politicians. This is a story of how Black on Black racism works in America today. It is my obligation to tell this well documented story because I lived it.
In 1986 United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Los Angeles-based minority owned cable-television company. The ruling said that the city had been violating the rights by limiting entrance into multi-billion-dollar cable television industry. The case of the City of Los Angeles vs Preferred Commutations was supposed to provide the legal basis for minorities to enter the newest technology that was available in the United States.
In 1983 Preferred Communications had filed a lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles for violation of its constitutional rights to exercise its First Amendment rights. By 1983 the company had spent more than 3 years and several million dollars applying for licenses to provide cable television service in Los Angeles. There was no cable television service in South Central L.A.
The case was being heard before U.S. District Court Judge Consuelo Marshall, a Black female. Judge Marshall decided that she would not allow us to sue the city and dismissed the case without any hearings.
From 1984 to 1986 the case was appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. All appellate courts ruled unanimously in favor of the minority company against the City of Los Angeles. The extensive cost of appeal was meant to dissuade Black competitors.
The mayor of the City of Los Angeles was Tom Bradley. The Black mayor was joined by 3 Black City Councilman who opposed compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court decision. The City of Los Angeles continued to violate the rights of minority citizens for another 6 years without any court intervention. In a meeting in the office of the Mayor we were called “niggers” by the Mayor’s deputy. What could be a clearer demonstration than the use of the “N” word while your constitutional rights are being knowingly violated? It could not be clearer even if they wore hoods.
After 10 years in federal courts, in 1992, Marshall ruled that the city had been violating the constitutional rights of the minority citizens since 1983. All rulings were the judgement of Judge Marshall because she denied our case a jury trial as guaranteed by the 7th Amendment. We had concerns about her judgement since she had been unanimously overruled by the Supreme Court.
During this time the rights of Black America were being violated and such violation be protected by this Black federal judge. The value for the loss of those rights was set at $1 by her honor. A Black federal judge telling you that your rights are worthless clearly demonstrates the racism.
Delay of providing technology in the era of new technology for the segregated citizens of the city was perpetrated by a Black mayor, Black councilman and a Black federal judge. Judge Marshall was a close friend of Mayor Bradley.
The reason that this racism is allowed to exist against Black America is because the rest of America will not say anything about it. Black America has little control over the media it consumes. But, if a white person complains about the Black on Black racism they risk being labeled racist for their actions.
The Congressional Black Caucus, which was supposed to be representing Black America, also ignored the case. The results of such deprivation were that in a technological era, technology was denied to 95% of the Black citizens of Los Angeles, that had been segregated, which would forever limit their ability to get a decent education and compete in the economy.
The denial of ownership of media would also prevent the development of programming directed to Black Americans. The Black community could not develop such programming because they did not have an outlet that would provide access to the consumers, Black Americans. The denial in the content creation capital was a crushing blow that time could never erase.
This was the original digital divide. It started before the Internet existed. The negative effects of the digital divide can be found in numerous government and private studies. The are no positive effects. Reduced educational, financial and media access / content opportunities are just a few.
It does not matter that numerous Black people had substantial control over the operations of the City of Los Angeles at this time. The fact that government officials are Black does not limit the effects of their racism. That is what is called Black on Black racism and it runs rampant in the City Los Angeles.