Two Latina Sisters Trolled Eric Trump on the Campaign Trail in the Best Way Possible

Donald Trump loves to talk about how much he loves "the Latinos" but that "appreciation" apparently doesn't extend to actually learning Spanish, as sisters Annie and Ceci Cardelle can attest. These two new American treasures (and Hillary supporters) heard Eric Trump was campaigning for his dad in their town of Salisbury, North Carolina, and decided to show their displeasure on their shirts, on which they wrote in black sharpie, "Latinas Contra Trump." The pair, who are second-generation Cuban-Americans, told Buzzfeed that they " were protesting [the Trump campaign's] particular treatment of Hispanics and Latino immigrants in this country.”

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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