It is amazing to me that however long I have resided in Massachusetts, in Boston and Springfield, that anyone should be surprised that racism continues to play a part in all public employment.
I have known Tom Flint and his family for more than 25 years. Flint has always been an exceptional person — well-reared, well-behaved, respectful and hard working. I find it hard to believe that he would have behaved in the manner of which led to his dismissal. (“Officer still awaiting day in court,” Bay State Banner, Feb. 24, 2011)
But connections have always served as a major player in all public employment during my 35 years as an urban resident in the Commonwealth. Case in point: the probation department. The governor is attempting to reorganize that part of state government, but only time will tell if the behavior really changes.
I encourage the Massachusetts Commission on Discrimination to act favorably on this young man’s complaint. Boston’s growth requires that public employees serve without discrimination. Race will continue to serve as a major player until the powers that be provide the leadership and commitment to end this egregious behavior.
If Tito Jackson is like his dad, he will do wonderful work for Roxbury. I knew his dad well. Tito sounds like a man that would get my vote if I still resided in Roxbury.
As the new director of workforce compliance here at Suffolk Construction I look forward to meeting and talking with the community on all workforce issues concerning our projects. We are looking forward to duplicating the efforts made at the Kroc Center as we continue to build and change the skyline here in our community.
Exceeding all expectations is our commitment and we will continue to be transparent in that.
Please don’t hesitate to call me directly with any questions concerning Suffolk Construction’s workforce compliance efforts. Reach me at 617-517-4446 or via e-mail at email@example.com.