Here Are 5 Right-Wing Republicans or Ex-Republicans Who Are Openly Cheering for a Massive Democratic Wave in November

Fox News isn’t the best place to go if one is interested in hearing a variety of right-wing views in 2018. Being a relentless cheerleader for President Donald Trump is now part of the job description at Fox News, where Republicans and right-wingers who are critical of Trump’s presidency are hard to find. But anti-Trump Republicans are featured on MSNBC and CNN frequently, and some of them are not only predicting that Democrats will perform well in the November midterms—they are openly cheering for it. As former congressman David Jolly and other anti-Trump conservatives see it, Trump has been so toxic for the Republican Party that it needs a giant wake-up call in the form of severe losses in November.

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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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