Why Trump's Reaction to the London Attacks Is His Lowest Point Yet as Our President

Has there ever been a more infantile American president than Donald Trump? I don’t think so. We’ve had profane presidents and clumsy presidents and corrupt presidents but the lack of discipline, grace and poise in the face of tragedy shown by our current leader is unique. No president in history has ever engaged in a stream of shallow, immature statements the way Trump did on Sunday morning after the latest terrorist attack in London.

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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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