Anti-choice Republican reality TV star leverages Trump pardon in attempt to unseat John Lewis

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A rabid anti-choicer and vanity press publisher has entered the political fray just weeks after being pardoned by Donald Trump for her role in a car theft ring. In a move that’s certain to get her disinvited to every cookout ever, Angela Stanton-King qualified Friday as the Republican challenger to the inimitable Rep. John Lewis in Georgia’s 5th District, which encompasses most of Atlanta, and is 60% African American. (Lewis also has a challenger from the far left.) Ten Republicans have tried and failed to end the civil rights icon’s 33 years of service in the U.S. House, but Stanton-King, a BET reality show cast member who first made headlines after self-publishing not one, but two books that bashed another reality star, seems convinced that she’s the one who will succeed.

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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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