Kevin McCarthy slammed for rejecting January 6 commission: 'Criminal won’t support investigation of his crimes'

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have been calling for a commission devoted to probing the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol Building. But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, obviously afraid of offending former President Donald Trump, has come out against such a commission.

The California Republican has said that any commission on political violence in the U.S. should also address violent acts by the left-wing groups, and his Democratic critics have responded that he is merely trying to obscure the role that Trump played in the January 6 insurrection.

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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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