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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 10:30 AM

Supreme Court to hear racial discrimination case against telecommunications giant Comcast

Richard Wolf, USA TODAY Published 9:46 a.m. ET June 10, 2019 | Updated 9:52 a.m. ET June 10, 2019

WASHINGTON The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide if the nation's largest cable TV company discriminated against an African-American media mogul.

The case was brought by Entertainment Studios Network, which bills itself as a "100% African-American owned" media company operating seven television channels. It is solely owned by Byron Allen, a comedian, television host and entrepreneur.

Allen sued telecommunications giants Comcast Corp. and Charter Communications, which serve tens of millions of customers in more than 40 states. He claims that since 2008, the two companies have refused to distribute his stations while launching scores of mostly white-owned networks.

As one example of alleged racism, the Comcast lawsuit claims that a company executive said, "We're not trying to create any more Bob Johnsons" a reference to the founder of Black Enterteinment Television, or BET.


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Reply Supreme Court to hear racial discrimination case against telecommunications giant Comcast (Original post)
DonViejo Jun 2019 OP
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 11:35 AM

1. The SCOTUS will not be deciding if Comcast engaged in racial discrimination

The issue before the Court merely is whether the case should go to trial.

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