Louisiana Republicans censure Bill Cassidy for voting to proceed with Trump's impeachment trial

From Wyoming to Oregon to Arizona, Republicans at the state or local level have been lambasting any Republican who says or does anything remotely critical of former President Donald Trump — and in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, the local GOP has censured Sen. Bill Cassidy for voting to proceed with Trump's second impeachment trial.

The U.S. Senate, earlier this week, held a vote on whether or not it is constitutional for a former president to face an impeachment trial. The U.S. House of Representatives, following the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building, voted to impeach Trump for incitement to insurrection. But the impeachment trial did not commence in the U.S. Senate until after Trump had been gone from White House for almost three weeks.

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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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