ATLANTA (AP) – A daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has sent a letter to Comcast executives in which she accuses the company of trying to “dismantle” a law barring racial discrimination.
The letter released Saturday from the Rev. Bernice King addresses a $20 billion lawsuit from comedian and media mogul Byron Allen that is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
A lower court ruled in favor of Allen, who says Comcast declined to distribute his channels because he’s black.
Justices are weighing whether Allen needs to show that race was just a factor in Comcast’s decision or whether it was the sole factor.
King says if Comcast wins, “pivotal” anti-discrimination legislation could be compromised.
Comcast has said its decision not to carry Allen’s channels has nothing to do with race. It has called Allen’s content “not particularly high quality.”