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$20 BILLION Lawsuit Against Al Sharpton For Discrimination

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Oh my heart, be still.


Even though the FCC hasn’t yet ruled on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, one group has already filed a lawsuit claiming at least $20 billion in damages from the way the two giants allegedly discriminate against black-owned media.

The complaint, filed in California on Friday, comes from the National Association of African-American Owned Media, which also filed a similar suit against AT&T and DirecTV in December.

This time, the plaintiff is not only targeting both Comcast and TWC — on the eve of the two companies merging to become what would be the largest pay television distributor in the United States — but also various African-American advocacy groups and MSNBC host Al Sharpton for allegedly facilitating discrimination.


Ok, the lawsuit is mainly against Time Warner Cable and Comcast, but old bobblehead Al is named specifically. And of course it’s a hassle, and a hustle. But what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and Al and Jesse’s old scam is a chicken coming home to roost.

Sharpton tells us that he “welcomes the opportunity to answer the frivolous allegations” and says he will be bringing counterclaims for defamation.

According to the lawsuit, Comcast and TWC “collectively spend approximately $25 billion annually for the licensing of pay-television channels and advertising of their products and services, yet 100% African American–owned media receives less than $3 million per year.”

At the time of Comcast’s 2010 acquisition of NBCUniversal, Comcast entered into memoranda of understanding with the NAACP, the National Urban League and the National Action Network, but the lawsuit says the voluntary diversity agreements are “a sham, undertaken to whitewash Comcast’s discriminatory business practices.”

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Comcast is one of the biggest companies to employ a chief diversity officer, and its practices have been lauded by many including Black Enterprise magazine, which recently named it as one of the 40 best companies for diversity.

So there you go Al, time to pony up. Even though your boss company is at the top of the diversity game heap, it still ain’t enough. Time for you to shoulder The Black Man’s Burden and pay up. Welcome to the world. Now make wit the gibbs.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/23/2015 at 04:23 PM   
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