This lone House Republican might've voted for impeachment — but now his position is a perplexing mess

Francis Rooney, United States Congress

Although most conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives have been in lockstep in their unwavering opposition to impeaching President Donald Trump, Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida was one Republican who insisted that he was keeping an open mind. But ultimately, Rooney announced that he would be voting “no” on both of the articles of impeachment brought against Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. And MSNBC’s Heidi Przybyla, in a Twitter thread, offers a detailed analysis of Rooney’s decision.

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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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