What is “1488” & The Hate Message Flashed to Charter Cable Customers in Texas
FORT WORTH – Charter Spectrum is investigating how someone sent a racist rant through set top boxes to some of its North Texas customers on Tuesday before the cable company quickly deleted it.
“When I first pulled it up I was like ‘what? what?,’” said April Taylor, a new Charter customer. “I was stunned. I couldn’t believe it. I was literally like what? This can’t be real.”
The on-screen message said: “F*** Black Lives Matter! 1488 Brought to you by Phreak of Nature Baby J and King Benji! All N****** Must Die!”
“I literally was physically shaking,” Taylor added. “I just don’t understand why?”
The term 1488 is a combination of two popular white supremacist numeric symbols,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. “The first symbol is 14, which is shorthand for the “14 Words” slogan: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” The second is 88, which stands for “Heil Hitler” (H being the 8th letter of the alphabet). Together, the numbers form a general endorsement of white supremacy and its beliefs,” the ADL explains on its website.
Taylor said she called Charter twice and finally got a call back from a vice-president who told her some other customers also saw the same racist message which prompted the company to quickly delete the message.
“We are aware that an abhorrent message briefly appeared on some set top boxes. We apologize profusely to any of our customers who were subjected to it, and we are working to understand the cause,” Charter said in a statement to WFAA.
“Imagine if your kids were sitting in front of the TV and something racist about their race came across?,” added Ms. Taylor while wiping away a tear.
She is sickened that such uninvited racism could make it into her home and certain she won’t keep the company from which it came.
In May, Charter officially merged with Time Warner Cable in a major Wall Street merger.