21 September 2009

Dear Attorney Velella: You are about to get your wish, and a public discussion and boycott to boot.

I'm filing with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) on Thursday, 24 September, 2009. Then you can produce for them the bank video and audio that you claim shows me to be acting in such a manner that would warrant your client refusing to open a bank account for me to cash Derrick Gillenwater's legal malpractice settlement check. And you can explain why you let my white girlfriend open such an account. And you can also furnish the other three (3) bank videos and audio including the express representations that your client would cash Mr. Gillenwater's check once he updated his state ID card.

And you can listen in online to Touch FM 106.1 at 8:30 a.m. on 8 October 2009 to listen to me discuss this case and urge a boycott of all of your client's banks.

In fact, you can tune in earlier -- at 8:00 that morning -- and listen to Boston Strangler Investigative writer Casey Sherman and me describe our respective attempts to put together the Truth about the Franconia NH shooting tragedy of 5/11 2007. Casey's book, "Bad Blood: Freedom and Death in the White Mountains" is published on 1 October 2009.

Touch FM does a lot of good things in the City of Boston, take a look.

Suggested reading:
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh

1 comment:

Christopher King said...

From the Knapsack:

13. Whether I use checks, credit cards or cash, I can count on my skin color not to work against the appearance of financial reliability.

30. If I declare there is a racial issue at hand, or there isn't a racial issue at hand, my race will lend me more credibility for either position than a person of color will have.

5. I can go shopping alone most of the time, pretty well assured that I will not be followed or harassed.