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At long last, America's racist, crazy tough-on-crime prosecutors are losing elections

Historically, being an elected prosecutor was a sweet gig: operating with “unchecked power and no transparency,” you generally got to run unopposed for re-election, and on the rare instances in which someone did dare to run against the incumbent, the incumbent usually won. Prosecutors are the reason that so many Americans were put behind bars on the basis of flimsy forensic evidence based …

The GOP's Response to Trump's Recordings Prove They Care Only About White Women

Over the last 16 months of this exhaustive election circus cycle, we have watched as Republican elected officials have stood steadfast by their presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Twisting themselves into knots to defend the indefensible, all because they decided to place Party and perceived power … Continue reading Source link

Though crime happens everywhere, predictive policing tools send cops to poor/black neighborhoods

Researchers from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (previously) obtained a copy of the Predpol predictive policing system that police departments around America have spent a fortune on in order to find out where to set their patrols, and fed it Oakland’s 2010 arrest data, then asked it to predict where the crime would be in 2011. Predpol munged the arrest data, then …

Merciless reporting on the Chicago Police Department's extortion racket, & the senior officials who covered it up

The more we learn about the Chicago Police Department, the worse it gets — there’s the sabotage of dashcams, the widespread corruption, the investigators fired for refusing to cover up police crimes, off-the-books “black site” where the CPD kidnaps and tortures suspects, the Accountability Task Force Report that called the force racist, corrupt and broken. But there has never been a more …

When "computers" were young, brilliant black women mathematicians

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures recovers the lost history of the young African American women who did the heavy computational work of the Apollo missions, given the job title of “computer” — her compelling book has been made into a new motion picture. One such woman was Katherine G. Johnson. At 98, she still lives in Hampton, and has emerged as …

Social Goods | Kanye's Multiracial Casting, Fast Fashion Waste, Bigger Sample Sizes

“Was Kanye West Wrong to Seek to Cast ‘Multiracial Women Only’?” (The Guardian)“The rapper’s casting call for Yeezy Season 4 show is merely an accurate extension of the brand: hip but economically driven.” “Fast Fashion Is Creating an Environmental Crisis“ (Newsweek)“Only 0.1 percent of all clothing collected by charities and take-back programs is recycled into new textile fibre.” “CFDA Strengthens Its Diversity Guidelines in the Days Leading …

France Meets Muslim Leaders, Experts After Burkini Row

PARIS, France — France’s interior minister convened Muslim leaders Monday to discuss a French-style Islam that honours the nation’s secular values, a task given new urgency after deep divisions surfaced over burkini bans in 30 French beach towns and after terror attacks that also stigmatised Muslims. A high court struck down the burkini bans Friday, but the high-pitched debate that quickly seeped into France’s political …

Candid Republican operators admit that voter ID laws are about disenfranchisement

The Brennan Center has rounded up a rogues’ gallery of candid, on-the-record admissions from Republican politicians, officials, and operators about the true nature of the unconstitutional voter restriction laws that were cookie-cuttered across the Tea Party state governments: they don’t fight voter fraud (because that’s not a thing), but they do disenfranchise traditional democratic voters: people of color and students. Conservative Leader …

Deepica Mutyala's Apology Video Isn't Enough — She Should Style Another Woman with Natural Hair

By now, I believe most have seen the nail-biting, cringe-worthy 60-second summer segment on the Today show. I’m sure you have as well. In it, Deepica Mutyala, a beauty expert and YouTube personality, is given the daunting task of styling four heads (herself included) in under … Continue reading Source link

Forget Skynet: AI is already making things terrible for people who aren't rich white dudes

Kate Crawford (previously) takes to the New York Times’s editorial page to ask why rich white guys act like the big risk of machine-learning systems is that they’ll evolve into Skynet-like apex-predators that subjugate the human race, when there are already rampant problems with machine learning: algorithmic racist sentencing, algorithmic, racist and sexist discrimination, algorithmic harassment, algorithmic hiring bias, algorithmic terrorist watchlisting, algorithmic racist …