Women yelled 'This is America, speak English!' before attacking mother and daughter: prosecutor

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Two white women are facing felony hate-crime charges after allegedly assaulting a mother and daughter duo speaking Spanish in Boston, The New York Times reported. Officials filed the charges Friday in connection with an incident on Feb.15, in which the perpetrators, identified as Jenny Leigh Ennamorati and Stephanie M. Armstrong, attacked a mother and her 15-year-old daughter while they were walking home in a predominately Latino neighborhood. The women heard the duo laughing and speaking Spanish and assumed they were making fun of them, the police report read. According to prosecutors, the victims were punched, kicked, and bitten.

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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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