Sunday, June 23, 2024

Is Comcast’s money influencing City Hall to remain silent against the company’s attack on civil rights in a Supreme Court case? What is City Hall’s official position on Comcast’s attempt to turn back the clock on one of our nation’s most vital civil rights protections – Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866? This case, which allows people of color to bring cases of discrimination before a court of law, is of monumental importance to the protection and continuation of black business and contractors.

Does the city support the position of Comcast in this case, since it is tied up in issues relating to Comcast being the sole provider of cable television in Cambridge? The community has also not heard from the local National Association of Colored People on this issue, though national president and chief executive Derrick Johnson has reaffirmed the importance of Section 1981.

Comcast has also been busy threatening funding cutbacks that would affect Cambridge Community Television. Are City Hall and others remaining silent because of Comcast’s riches?

Hasson J. Rashid, Massachusetts Avenue