The Proud Boys and Black Lives Matter clashed in this Florida town — and only BLM faced charges: report

Some members of the far-right Proud Boys are facing criminal charges in connection with the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building, but the Proud Boys were violent long before that. When huge protests erupted all over the United States following the brutal killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, the Proud Boys went out of their way to harass Black Lives Matter and antifa activists. But when the Proud Boys and BLM protesters clashed in New Port Richey, Florida during the Summer of 2020, there was a key difference: according to Washington Post reporter Tim Craig, only BLM protesters faced any charges.

The Proud Boys, in 2020, could have simply let progressive protesters have their say while holding demonstrations of their own; instead, they went out of their way to be confrontational and went looking for trouble. New Port Richey, a Tampa suburb, was one of the places where the Proud Boys tried to bully BLM protesters.

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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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