A University of Cambridge study examining the depiction of artificial intelligence in film, television, Google searches, images, and voices, suggests it is yet another area that showcases racism.
While most would likely assume a machine cannot have a race, the researchers said that they do indeed have “racial identities” influenced by “real world” stereotypes.
These “racial identities” can be found in both the fact that AIs and depictions of AIs have caucasion features and also typically talk in “standard white middle-class English,” including voices given to smartphone technology. The study suggests “black dialects” have been avoided because they are deemed “too controversial or outside the target market.”
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For weeks, Columbia University Health has been hosting Zoom workshops as part of a series titled “From Ally to Accomplice at Columbia: Working Group for Examining and Deconstructing Whiteness to Mitigate Racial Trauma.”
The weekly online “interactive curriculum,” which began July 7 and concludes Monday, is designed for “white-identified students” to “engage in exploration of their white identities and build community and accountability around deconstructing whiteness and white privilege to facilitate the development of an antiracist lens.”
“This virtual group aims to begin to equip students with the time, space, and skills for the self-reflection and processing of privilege that is necessary to meaningfully dismantle systems of racial oppression from a position that has privilege,” the university explained on its website.
In an email that was reportedly sent to Columbia University Law students, the department said that the workshop “will not be a support group for white students. Nor will it be comfortable or easy.”
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Actor and comedian Seth Rogen says there’s too much white in Hollywood and he’s actively working to make things “less white” in his upcoming films.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the “Pineapple Express” star said he’s taking race into mind when choosing starring roles, and is employing an affirmative action-style hiring process that will ensure diversity among film staff.
“I mean personally, I think I am just actively trying to make less things starring white people. And if I’m succeeding or I’m not, I’m very much looking to have a far more diverse group of writers and directors and actors that we generally work with, because that group is not incredibly diverse, you know?” Rogen told EW.
Harry Shearer, the voice of Mr Burns on The Simpsons, has said that actors should be able to play ‘someone who they are not’, and not necessarily characters of their own ethnicity.
It follows the announcement, from the makers of the longest-running animated show on TV, that it would no longer hire white voice actors to play non-white roles.
The decision affects Shearer directly – as well as voicing the likes of Mr Burns, Principal Skinner, Reverend Lovejoy, Ned Flanders and Waylon Smithers, he also plays Dr Julius Hibbert, Springfield’s African American doctor.
Speaking to Times Radio, he said: “I have a very simple belief about acting. The job of the actor is to play someone who they are not. That’s the gig, that’s the job description.”
Asked if he would suffer financially from not voicing Dr. Hibbert, he joked that ‘we don’t get paid by the voice’.
Black faculty at Columbia University are making demands for “white supremacy” to be recognized and “dismantled within this institution.”
In the demands, they outline eleven steps to undergo the process of “unlearning whiteness.”
According to a statement from “the Black Faculty” of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), we are in a “seachange in attitudes towards [sic] race relations” and there is a “call for real action to dismantle racist systems.”
To do this GSAPP must “unlearn and challenge whiteness and white supremacy.”
Students and faculty should “understand how it operates, its historical legacy, and how it is perpetuated in the school,” the faculty state.
White supremacy, they say, needs “interrogating” to understand “anti-Black racism.” They then list eleven steps directed at the school for the “unlearning process.”
The Democrat National Committee draft platform for its 2020 convention mentions “whites” a total of 15 times, each of them within a “damning” context — a detail first noticed by the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.
“In more than 80 pages in the draft platform published by Politico, whites are mentioned 15 times, all critical, including three references to white supremacy or supremacists and one to white nationalists,” Bedard writes.
He adds, “In most mentions, the reference is to how whites are better off at the expense of others. And the promise often is to ‘close the gap’ between minorities and whites, though no solutions are offered.”
If this is a legitimate draft, the fact that it’s a merely a draft means nothing. It still reveals how ugly the Democrat Party has become and how ugly and divisive the future will be, should this approach to national politics ever prevail.
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The Nation of Islam is headed by the notoriously racist and antisemitic Louis Farrakhan.
Farrakhan is known for spreading vicious lies about Jewish people, referring to Jewish people as “wicked Jews,” accusing them of perpetrating a fictitious “black African Holocaust” and of “sucking our blood.” In one of his interviews, Farrakhan claimed that “Hitler was a very great man.” Farrakhan also hates Christians and gays, though with less oomph.
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After changing its usage rules last month to capitalize the word “Black” when used in the context of race and culture, The Associated Press on Monday said it would not do the same for “white.”
The AP said white people, in general, have much less shared history and culture and don’t have the experience of being discriminated against because of skin color.
Protests following the death of George Floyd, which led to discussions of policing and Confederate symbols, also prompted many news organizations to examine their own practices and staffing. The Associated Press, whose Stylebook is widely influential in the industry, announced June 19 it would make Black uppercase.
As the Seattle Police Department looks at the Seattle City Council’s demands to cut the department’s budget by 50%, police Chief Carmen Best fired back at a suggestion from Councilmember Lisa Herbold to lay off officers out of order of seniority as a way to preserve the jobs of people of color.
“We cannot do layoffs based on race,” Best said. “I would love for Councilmember Herbold to work with us and not against us, making sure we have a viable number of officers.”
Currently, a majority of the City Council supports defunding the Seattle Police Department’s budget by 50% in an effort to move some tasks away from the department and to fund community-led organizations.
Black Portland police officer Jakhary Jackson has gone public to detail the racist abuse he has received from white leftist protesters while pointing out that there are often more minorities on the police side than those demonstrating.
Jackson made the comments in a 27 minute video released by the Portland Police Department.
Noting that he has been repeatedly attacked with explosive devices, Jackson described the protests as “bizarre.”
“It says something when you’re at a Black Lives Matter protest and you have more minorities on the police side than you have in a violent crowd,” he explained. “You have white people screaming at black officers, ‘you have the biggest nose I’ve ever seen!’ You hear these things and you go, ‘are they gonna say something to this person?’ No.”
Jackson also detailed how leftists try to demoralize black police officers by telling them that they are hurting black people.