Biased Computers

Biased Computers

Anyone who’s seen the Tom Cruise movie “Minority Report” is familiar with the premise:

Cover of "Minority Report [Blu-ray]"

Cover of Minority Report [Blu-ray]

Computers use programs to “predict” who will most likely become a threat to society or criminal. Of course, in the movie, the programs are flawed. And, apparently, so are they in real life.

ProPublica recently ran an enlightening story about police departments and courts across the nation using flawed and inaccurate programs to attempt to predict future crime. And, wouldn’t you know, that the programs are racist?

Would use of this (or similar) biased computer programs explain the seeming rise in police brutality cases of unarmed minority civilians and the rise of Black Lives Matter (and the subsequent retaliatory creation of “Blue Lives Matter” legislation)? Or are the two unrelated?

Seems like it would be difficult if not impossible to separate the “predictive” technology being biased and flawed from police departments across the nation shooting unarmed civilians of color, but is it?

Here’s a link to the entire article.

Same Race Employment Discrimination

Same Race Employment Discrimination

What can you do if you’re being discriminated against because you’re the same race (or for that matter, ethnicity) as the person doing the hiring?

As anyone who has encountered discrimination can tell you, fighting back against institutionalized racism is no easy matter. Not only do you have to prove it beyond any doubt whatsoever with concrete evidence, but you also have to prove a consistent, continued pattern and history of the practice (in most cases, and I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t speak to what’s required to substantiate a claim of workplace racism or discrimination that will float).

Nicole Franklin has made (or is making) a documentary on the topic, and I want to encourage all of our readers (all ten of ’em, right?) to support this woman’s important work and let us know what you think of the clip below and what she’s trying to draw attention to.

Here is a link to a current press release – here.
Here is a link to film maker Nicole Franklin’s site – here.
And here’s a link to Sister Franklin’s Indie-A-Go-Go page – here.

On anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Europe

On anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in Europe

Could the Holocaust, or an event similar to it, occur again in modern times?

 

It’s a question many have mocked, called “impossible,” or refused to even acknowledge, yet surely the sociological and psychological factors that fueled the rise of antisemitism prior to World War II existed long before the Holocaust, and has of course survived long after.

Just as many white people don’t feel comfortable discussing slavery and racism in America, those who fanned the flames of antisemitism or have doubts as to whether or not the Holocaust actually occurred (despite the mountains of actual empirical evidence and eye-witness testimony under oath) may not want to acknowledge, that as sad and as unfortunate as it may be, antisemitism and European culture seem to be an inseparable couple with a long history of quarreling and then reuniting during tough economic conditions.

In an interesting piece by Sara Farris of Al Jazeera, the author discusses possible commonalities between the rise of antisemitism prior to the Holocaust and the recent rise of Isalmaphobia.

Is there a causal relationship? Personally, I don’t see it materializing yet. But “yet” is a big word when discussing the spread of racism and discrimination.

You tell me.

 

English: Rows of bodies fill the yard of Lager...

English: Rows of bodies fill the yard of Lager Nordhausen, a Gestapo concentration camp. עברית: שורות של גופות מאות אסירים בחצר מחצה הריכוז נורדהאוזן. בתמונה נראות פחות ממחצית הגופות של האסירים שמתו ברעב או ביריות אנשי הגסטפו. Italiano: File di cadaveri di prigionieri riempiono il cortile del lager di Nordhausen, un campo di concentramento dalla Gestapo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

Are More Black Women Going Bald?

Are More Black Women Going Bald?

Two more friendly Chicago Police officers

Two more friendly Chicago Police officers (Photo credit: yooperann). They don’t look mean to us!

It looks as though more sistas are losing their hair, which really isn’t a major surprise given the number of chemicals needed to “relax” hair that’s already stressed-out and uptight (in many cases literally).

Here’s an article we found on the topic of black hair care and what women can do to keep their lovely tresses nice and moist and rooted in their scalps. If you think the article is full of stuffing, let us know, and what your best hair care practices are.

We kind of favor lots of gentle moisturizing and the lovely coconut TCB spray they used to have (no gherri juice around the couch if you please as it stains the pillow cases).

Anyway, here’s the link.

Miss Latina Universo Postponed

Miss Latina Universo Postponed

According to our friends over at the Latin Times, Ms. Latina Universo has been postponed until further notice.

Sharon Amador

Sharon Amador (Photo credit: jorgemejia)

We at Interrace Today can’t imagine why the program would be put on hold. Surely it could be produced as an alternative to “the Bacheloretette” or another cycle of “Top Model” programs. If there’s lack of interest, we’d suggest getting the People’s Court judge to be a co-host along with George Lopez to add some vim to the program. But then again, we’re not being paid for our input, either.