Trump lambastes SCOTUS for refusing to overturn the election

Donald Trump didn't invent vote suppression — he's just taking it to the next level
President Donald J. Trump prepares to board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Friday, July 24, 2020, to begin his trip to New Jersey. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Election Day has passed, the Electoral College has voted, and Americans have celebrated both Thanksgiving and Christmas but President Donald Trump is still angry about the outcome of the presidential election.

In fact, on Saturday, Dec. 26, just one day after Christmas, the president took to Twitter with a statement lambasting the U.S. Supreme Court for its refusal to invalidate the election results. Describing the highest court in the land as "totally incompetent and weak" Trump claimed the justices allowed a "corrupt" election to take place.

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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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