Why infighting among Texas Republicans is a 'grim omen' for the GOP: report

During the 2020 presidential election, Democrats were hoping that Texas was in play for Joe Biden. But then-President Donald Trump won the Lone Star State by 6%, which for Democrats, was an improvement over the major double-digit losses they typically suffered in presidential elections in Texas during the 1990s and 2000s. Republicans, journalist Elaina Plott explains in an article published by New York Times Magazine on May 4, should be celebrating the fact that Texas is still a red state; instead, Plott describes the Texas GOP as being in a state of disarray and plagued by infighting.

Plott says of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, "Six years into his governorship, controversy had finally caught up with Abbott. Several of them, actually. First, there was the pandemic, in which his attempts to placate all sides, by turns imposing and denouncing various restrictions, led him to enrage just about everyone. The results of the election should have offered some respite, but four months later, many Texas Republicans remained unmoved by the fact of their own triumphs. Trump's false claims of widespread voter fraud had become elemental in the Republican consciousness, and politicians' viability hinged on their willingness to echo them."

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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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