Can Antitrust Enforcement Be A Tool For Racial Equity?

Law360 (March 30, 2021, 6:03 PM EDT) -- A growing chorus of proponents for more aggressive enforcement wants antitrust to be used as a tool to combat racial inequality — which they claim is consistent with the U.S. antitrust laws' origins.[1]

Rising corporate power has increased wealth inequality, they contend, which has tended to affect communities of color disproportionately and exacerbate systemic racism.[2] Among the most prominent voices is then-Federal Trade Commissioner Rebecca Slaughter, who last September sparked a conversation about whether and how antitrust enforcement can and should be anti-racist.[3]

While Slaughter's tweets have provoked some backlash,[4] President Joe Biden's recent appointment of her as acting Federal Trade...

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