By Gordon Davis
On April 1, 2016, City of Worcester Chief Development Officer Michael Traynor got out of his car at Worcester City Hall and berated a Black man who was letting his family off on Front Street.
Mr. Traynor admits saying to the Black man “Fucking Asshole.” Mr. Traynor denies he called him a “Fucking Asshole Nigger.”
Of course, the Black motorist complained to the Worcester City Manager’s Office and to Dr. Carter, the recently hired City of Worcester Chief Diversity Officer.
There was an investigation conducted.
We soon found out that Dr. Carter has no authority or power on racist incidents of which City of Worcester employees are accused.
We also found out that the City of Worcester Human Rights Commission also has no authority to investigate complaints against the City of Worcester.
It is not clear who conducted the investigation into the alleged racist and vulgar slurs said by Mr. Traynor.
During the investigation Mr. Traynor admitted saying “fucking asshole,” but he denied saying “nigger.”
The City of Worcester has not made a copy of the investigation public. It only released a sort of summary to the victim-motorist.
This whole process is a racist double standard.
Most double standards are indications of some sort of discrimination.
In this case, it indicates the racism still rampant in Worcester City Hall. Please recall the malicious prosecution by Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus of the BlackLives Matter protestors, when the WPD police at the scene said there was no criminal activity. The judge in the case also dismissed all criminal complaints and made the matter a civil case.
Also consider that the City of Worcester released to the public private personnel information about the Black workers at Mosaic. The investigative report is not a part of a personnel file and, even if it was, the City of Worcester has released the personnel data of non-City Black workers at Mosaic.
The investigative report on Traynor is a public document, given the public records laws of Massachusetts, and should be made public.
Mr. Traynor has admitted his unprofessional actions by confessing to a road rage incident that included vulgarity.
This unprofessional behavior in itself is sufficient for termination.
Although he has denied the racial slurs, there is a perception that he is a racist and should no longer be in what should be a public space free from racism – Worcester City Hall.
TOMORROW, TUESDAY, May 17, 2016, a coalition of activists and concerned people, including Mass. Human Rights Committee and the Progressive Labor Party, will hold a protest rally in front of Worcester City Hall, Main Street, at 6 PM.
At 7 PM the group will take their demands to the Worcester City Council.
The demands include releasing the Traynor investigative report, appropriate discipline for Mr. Traynor, and the Worcester City Council adopting a policy of releasing investigative reports to the public for cases involving alleged racism by City of Worcester employees.