Black on Black Racism

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.

Your Rights Are Worthless. Thank you, Joe Biden

In 1992 a little-known part of the 1992 Cable-Television Act was directed against small business and minorities who sought to access media and technology through the cable television industry, using public right of ways. The hidden clause in the 1992 Cable-Television Act was that no matter how the constitutional rights of citizens were abused and denied by local governments, no one could sue such local governments for the violation of those rights and collect damages. You could steal the constitutional right of citizens without penalty.  A law without penalty is not a law but is a recommendation.  The Constitution has become little more than a recommendation.

The law was promoted by Joe Biden and would effectively negate the First Amendment rights of all citizens who had not been privileged by receiving licenses from their political friends.  Joe Biden was a United States Senator and a major supporter of this legislation.

This action protected the criminal behavior of corrupt local governments throughout the nation but the largest beneficiary was the City of Los Angeles. Corruption is just regular business at L.A. City Hall.  The license covering 95% of Black citizens in Los Angeles was approximately 180,000 homes, which is larger than most cities in the U.S.

This law was passed despite the fact that the United States Supreme Court had said in 1986 that local governments which refused to allow more than one cable television license in the city, using public right of ways, were in violation of the Constitution the United States. This ruling was made on behalf of a Black owned company. The Congress, controlled by the Democratic Party, did nothing to see that the ruling of the United States Supreme Court was carried out to protect the citizens that elected them. The effect of this legislation was that no one would dare to sue for their rights if they could not receive damages for having had their rights denied by the criminal behavior of local politicians.

The US Supreme Court in 1986 had put all local governments and cities on notice, in the case City of Los Angeles vs Preferred Communications, that their actions violated the U.S. Constitution. A substantial portion of local government refusal to allow for the construction of competitive cable television systems was based upon widespread corruption. This corruption has been documented in many cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. It is not surprising that these are all Democratic strongholds.

The largest legal action that this law affected was that ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court. Preferred Communications was a minority-owned company which had been seeking to provide cable television service in the minority area of the city Los Angeles for more than 10 years. Preferred had been in court more than 10 years at a cost of millions of dollars.  The area that was covered by Preferred Communications would have been approximately 500,000 people of mostly minority representation.

If you cannot receive damages for the damage that has been done to you by corrupt local governments then in fact you can never be made whole and your rights are fundamentally worthless. This legislation was passed 6 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Corruption by local governments all across the United States would effectively eliminate the constitutional rights of minority citizens, who were the main ones trying to get access to media in many major cities. Now minorities are forced to beg giant media companies for diversity in programming.

This legislation was so contrary to the basic rule of law and the Constitution that President Bush vetoed the law. The Democratic Party controlled Congress and overrode the President’s veto and made monopolies for their friends without any hint of consideration for potential competition within a multibillion-dollar industry. You can look at the campaign contributions given by the cable television industry and see how much money politicians, of limited integrity, accrued by limiting the rights of the citizens of the United States.

If your rights were violated only in the cable television industry by local corrupt governments you could not collect damages from those governments despite the fact that their criminal behavior was knowingly in violation of the Constitution. This made major constitutional rights virtually worthless.

How many other rights have they hidden in other legislation that made other constitutional rights become worthless also. This is how corrupt politicians work.  Thank you, Joe Biden.

The Tyranny Surprise?

Tyranny is not a recent event in America.  Tyranny is not something that was developed during the pandemic. I have lived for 40 years under the tyrannical government of the City of Los Angeles. No, I did not accept such tyranny quietly.  I have fought tyranny with more than 12 years of my life and millions of dollars in legal fees.  The minority citizens of Los Angeles were the ones who are most affected by such tyranny. The tyranny by the City of Los Angeles is clearly documented in its refusal to obey the United States Supreme Court rulings that were issued against it. Tyranny cannot only exist with politicians but must have the complicity of judges and voting citizens.

I have seen the results of this tyranny on minority communities. Now the rest of America is experiencing the tyranny that has been perpetrated against minorities but now applies to them. Now everyone seems to be concerned. There must be freedom for all or there is freedom for none and since freedom is dead in minority communities can the rest of America be far behind. Loss of my civil rights which I’ve documented in several books over the last 10 years cannot be denied. The willingness of civil rights organizations to completely ignore the deprivation of rights for minorities is an example of how tyranny grows and exists.

Tyranny and corruption go hand in hand. Once again, the City of Los Angeles is a classic example of the situation. When government officials believe that the law does not apply to them, the definition of tyranny, then they also don’t obey the law when it comes to their actions. The City of Los Angeles in the last 18 months has had 3 of the 15 city councilpersons indicted or convicted of federal corruption charges. It is quite clear that if 3 are convicted and indicted then there are many more on the City Council who were involved in such behavior. We do not believe that all the bank robbers are caught when we take one bank robber to jail. Public officials believe that the law does not apply to them.

The results of tyranny can be clearly seen in minority communities throughout the United States. The high level of violence and the high level of unemployment and poverty go hand in hand. This is not limited  only to the City of Los Angeles but is also applicable to New York, Chicago and many other the cities.

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