After more than a decade of work, a trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, and several small victories along the way, Clinton and his brother were unsuccessful. To make matters worse, in 1993, the U.S. Congress passed a law stating that regardless of the civil rights violations that had occurred during the cable television franchising – yes, there were many – there would be no damages allowed against any city in the United States. This new law virtually terminated Clinton and Carl’s case and ended their cable TV journey. Corporations had shown their immense power over our government.

What Did You Think Was Going To Happen?

This book chronicles the effects of long term systemic and institutional racism.  Using South-Central Los Angeles as an example, the book chronicles the forty-year process of attempting to provide technology and the effect of the lack of ability to access technology. The extensively documented case has shown that the denial of civil rights and technology would lead to the inevitable results that have occurred.  This book deals with the cause and effect of the refusal by the City of Los Angeles to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the City.  The ruling identified the City’s attempts to limit technology in the poorest areas of the City as a civil rights violation.  The complicity of major Black politicians is also explored.  
 
In the 1980’s and 1990’s, before the growth of the internet, cable television was the newest technology available throughout the United States and the world.  It would dramatically change America’s use of the television and related industries.  The denial would serve to provide long-term negative consequences within the community including education, poor health, crime and gangs that have run rampant over the last four decades within South-Cental Los Angeles. 

The Court Case You Never Heard of, and Why the Ruling Remains Relevant Today

In City of Los Angeles v. Preferred Communications, the US District Court, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US Supreme Court all agreed that the City had violated the civil rights of half a million people for ten years and had refused to comply with a 9-0 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States.