Byron Allen vs Comcast: The $20 Billion Lawsuit That Could Alter The 1866 Civil Rights Act rendering it Virtually Useless

Comcast in its efforts to undermine the Reconstruction era protections against racial discrimination has appealed to the United States Supreme Court. Their argument is seeking to interpret the law in such a way that it can only be used if racial discrimination is 100% of the reason a business is being discriminatory. If only 1% of the discrimination is perceived to be from a non-racial standpoint, the business will not be held accountable for “mostly” racist practices. The Department of Justice under the Trump Administration filed an amicus brief on behalf of Comcast in an attempt to weaken a key protection against racial discrimination. Amicus briefs are legal documents filed in appellate court cases by non-litigants with a strong interest in the subject. The briefs advise the court of relevant, additional information or arguments the court may wish to consider. One of the most disturbing aspects of this case for me personally is the fact that; In 1866 the Andrew Johnson Administration was opposed to this very Civil Rights Act as well as the Trump Administration in 2019. An Act to level the playing field, to ensure all citizens are afforded the rights to equal protection under the law, and yet then as now they stand legally opposed.