A 'subset' of liberals and progressives don’t want to ease any COVID-19 restrictions: journalist

Many articles published by The Atlantic have addressed COVID-19 denial among Republicans, including former President Donald Trump. But Emma Green, in article published by The Atlantic on May 4, describes another extreme: liberals and progressives who don't want to see any COVID-19 restrictions eased.

"Subset" is the operative word, as there are many deeply Democratic cities in the United States that are carefully, gradually easing social distancing restrictions as more and more Americans get vaccinated for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

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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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