'Take this country back': Gun-toting Mark McCloskey announces Senate run as he faces criminal weapons charges

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St. Louis resident Mark McCloskey and his wife, Patricia McCloskey, became celebrities in the right-wing media following an incident on June 28, 2020, when they stood in front of their home brandishing firearms at George Floyd demonstrators. And now, Mark McCloskey is planning to run for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri being vacated by Republican Roy Blunt.

Mark McCloskey made the announcement during an appearance on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," the nightly show that far-right pundit Carlson hosts on Fox News. McCloskey told Carlson, "God came knocking on my door disguised as an angry mob. If we don't stand up now and take this country back, it's going away."

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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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