A local minority group that represents law enforcement officials has called out the city’s mayor for allegedly failing to act on other instances of discrimination in Boston after he took a staunch stance against a fast food chain’s anti-gay marriage sentiments.
The Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers (MAMLEO) composed a letter to Mayor Tom Menino, following his recent comments against Chik-Fil-A for looking to set up shop in Boston.
Menino penned a letter last week to the chicken chain’s President, Dan Cathy, after Cathy made remarks about the company’s beliefs against same-sex marriage.
Menino blasted Cathy in the scathing letter and told him his prejudice views had no place in Boston.
“You can’t have a business in the city of Boston that discriminates against a population. We’re an open city, we’re a city that’s in the forefront of inclusion,” the mayor wrote.
While MAMLEO commended Menino for speaking out against Chik-fil-A’s “discriminatory practices,” the group said in a recent open letter that the mayor’s rhetoric doesn’t jive with his actions during his time in office.
“If you feel so strongly that discrimination is wrong, you should look to all of the discriminatory practices that you have allowed to exist in the City during your reign,” the group wrote.
The letter, which was signed by the group’s president as well as the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Northeast Region, said Menino has dropped the ball in terms of city agencies under the mayor’s control “reflecting the ethnic population of the City.”
“If you truly believe that discrimination has no place in the City of Boston and that Boston is an open city, we call upon you, while you are Mayor, to take steps to make your claim a reality,” the group wrote.
In the letter to Menino the association said the mayor needs to step up his actions when it comes to “communication between groups in the community,” promoting construction that doesn’t price out neighborhoods and “[reaching out] to the multitude of highly qualified people of color to fill positions of authority.”
The group also fanned the flames of the ongoing controversy revolved around the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association newsletter, the Pax Centurion.
The bi-monthly newsletter composed by the BPPA was recently scrutinized for its racist, homophobic and sexist commentary in various editorials and articles throughout a slew of its publications.
“You allowed the Pax Centurion… through its Boston Police officer editor, to spew racial, homophobic and culturally hateful remarks without any comment,” said the letter to Menino from MAMLEO.
An intense media spotlight on the newsletter led to several of the editorial’s top sponsors to discontinue advertising in the publication.
The letter from MAMLEO is an extension of a series of events that have recently unfolded in the city, and was sent to members of Clean Up BPPA, a group that launched “a campaign to remove offensive rhetoric from the Pax Centurion newsletter.”
BostInno contacted the Mayor’s office for a comment about the letter from MAMLEO, but so far the request has not been returned.