The controversial brief filed by the DOJ says they want Allen to prove that race was the singular motivating factor in his claim, which he says unfairly misinterprets the statute to his disadvantage.
In an opinion piece published on theGrio.com this week, Allen called it “perverting a key provision of the law that protects minority businesses at a time when people of color are under heightened attack. All for what Comcast says is in its best financial interest.”
When reached for comment on this unprecedented move by the Trump administration and Comcast to attack the civil rights of African Americans, a spokesperson for the Congressional Black Caucus released a statement to theGrio:
“The Trump Administration has aggressively worked to dismantle policies meant to root out discrimination,” said Gabrielle Brown, Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus. “We have long said that as egregious as Donald Trump’s racist words are, his policies are even worse and are doing the most damage to minority communities. Our caucus is committed to continuing aggressive oversight of the Administration to mitigate the impacts of his dangerous and out of touch policies, which include opening the door to discrimination in contracts.”
It is unclear, however, if the CBC will file its own amicus brief in relation to the case.
TheGrio has reached out to several civil rights organizations on the issue including the NAACP, the National Urban League, the Rainbow Push Coalition and Color of Change, but has not heard back.
A representative for the National Action Network said officials with that organization were not available for comment.
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