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‘Racist’ artificial intelligence is ‘painting world white’

Jar Jar Binks, right, a character in the Star Wars franchise, is part of a long tradition of racial stereotypes when it comes to extraterrestrials, the study said - AFP
Jar Jar Binks, right, a character in the Star Wars franchise, is part of a long tradition of racial stereotypes when it comes to extraterrestrials, the study said – AFP

Artificial intelligence risks creating a “racially homogenous” workforce, Cambridge University researchers have warned.

Cultural depictions of artificial intelligence as white need to be challenged as they erase people of colour and result in machines with bias baked into their algorithms, the scientists claim.

According to the researchers from Cambridge’s Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, like other science fiction tropes, artificial intelligence has always reflected racial thinking in society.

In the study published in the Philosophy and Technology journal, they argue there is a long tradition of racial stereotypes when it comes to extraterrestrials – from the “orientalised” alien of Ming the Merciless to the Caribbean caricature of Jar Jar Binks.

However, artificial intelligence is portrayed as white because,

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8 Women of Color on What Self-Care Looks Like in a Racist Society

Sundays are a day to recharge and reset by hanging with friends, turning off your phone, bathing for hours on end, or doing whatever else works for you. In this column (in conjunction with our Instagram Self-Care Sunday series), we ask editors, experts, influencers, writers, and more what a perfect self-care Sunday means to them, from tending to their mental and physical health to connecting with their community to indulging in personal joys. We want to know why Sundays are important and how people enjoy them, from morning to night.

As a Black child in a rural county in North Carolina, I watched the white supremacist drive through the Martin Luther King Day parade route every year waving Confederate flags and shouting racial slurs. As a teenager, I taught the younger kids about fire drills during Sunday school because Black churches were being set on fire again. As a college

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A Key West man posted racist slurs on Facebook. His workplace paid a price

A Key West boat captain’s racist Facebook rant has cost the parasailing company he helps run its business location.

“I should call them what they are, [a racial slur in all capital letters],” Larry Bistricky wrote in a Facebook comment last week, replying to a Key West woman who had challenged a previous comment he made about people begging for money in the streets.

In another comment thread, Bistricky wrote, “The only thing a black person in this county has perfected is collecting that welfare check.”

Bistricky works for Parawest Parasailing, which was kicked out of a spot at the coveted A & B Marina at the Key West Historic Seaport on Thursday.

The slip that once belonged to Parawest Parasailng was empty on July 17, 2020, two days after a boat captain who works for the company posted comments on Facebook disparaging Black people. The marina terminated the company’s lease the next day.
The slip that once belonged to Parawest Parasailng was empty on July 17, 2020, two days after a boat captain who works for the company posted comments on Facebook disparaging Black people. The marina terminated the company’s
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Is it racist if I don’t want to date outside my own race?

"But Damona, isn't it my choice who I date?" <span class="copyright">(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)</span>
“But Damona, isn’t it my choice who I date?” (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

L.A. love coach Damona Hoffman tackles dating and relationship questions on her weekly podcast, “Dates & Mates.” She said she receives many topical, thought-provoking relationship questions, but none has ever struck a chord with listeners like this one:

Dear Damona: Am I racist if I don’t want to date outside my race?

While being #woke is currently trending on Twitter as I write this, for the last 15 years I’ve contemplated the relationship between race and romance and coached my clients to be “race-open” when they date, because it expands our view of the world and increases your odds of meeting someone special. This practice has been met with many objections along the way.

The first objection I hear when I suggest this: “But Damona, isn’t it my choice who I

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Tucker Carlson says he will take ‘long-planned vacation’ after racist ex-staffer exposed

The Fox News host will be off the air after firing a top writer for his offensive online posts

Tucker Carlson, a popular anchor and commentator for Fox News says he’s taking an on-air break after his former lead staff writer was exposed for leaving racist, sexist, and misogynist remarks on digital message boards.

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Blake Neff resigned from his role as top writer for Tucker Carlson after his secret lifestyle became publicly known.

Believed to be making the comments anonymously, Neff was outed by a report on CNN Business after a tip led to an investigation. According to CNN, the writer posted hateful messages under the username CharlesXII on AutoAdmitwhere. On the platform, he was popular among users who reportedly knew of his career with Fox News.

After seeing the specifics of his derogatory, bigoted statements,

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Examining the racist roots of fat phobia and diet culture

When it comes to diet culture, not all bodies — and races — are treated equally.

In fact, because of the racist origins of fat phobia, Black men and women have been at a disadvantage for centuries, Sabrina Strings, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California at Irvine and the author of “Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia,” explains to In The Know.

“By the middle of the 18th century, because of the fact that the main mechanism for separating ‘free’ from ‘slave’ — which had been skin color — was no longer an effective sorting mechanism, they started to identify new ‘traits’ of inferior and superior people,” says Strings. Their conclusion, she explains, was that “inferior races have no self-control … because of how interested they are in sex and food. This was really the beginning of linking what was considered an

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Snyder took an age to drop Washington’s racist nickname. And he’ll still profit

On the eve of the 2014 season Daniel Snyder took to the airwaves to defend his claim to the racial slur that had served as the nickname for his NFL franchise pretty much since its creation. Appearing on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, the camera-shy billionaire reached for earnestness. “Whether it’s the owners or the people at the league, most people understand what the team name means,” Snyder said. “They look at it as we all do – as honor, respect.”

That was of course until Monday, when the team pronounced the “Redskins” name and logo retired. This rebranding effort, the denouement of a decades-long linguistic and legal debate, marks a stunning reversal for arguably the most mule-headed steward of any US sports franchise. Ever since Snyder bought the team at the turn of the century, he has held fast to the notion that the name actually honors Native Americans. “Dan

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Unpacking the racist roots of fat phobia and diet culture

When it comes to diet culture, not all bodies — and races — are treated equally.

In fact, because of the racist origins of fat phobia, Black men and women have been at a disadvantage for centuries, Sabrina Strings, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California at Irvine and the author of “Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia,” explains to In The Know.

“By the middle of the 18th century, because of the fact that the main mechanism for separating ‘free’ from ‘slave’ — which had been skin color — was no longer an effective sorting mechanism, they started to identify new ‘traits’ of inferior and superior people,” says Strings. Their conclusion, she explains, was that “inferior races have no self-control … because of how interested they are in sex and food. This was really the beginning of linking what was considered an

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Black Kansas State students are afraid to return to campus after racist tweet

The university wants to assure students that they take their concerns seriously.

Black students at Kansas State have been reacting to tweets mocking the death of George Floyd.

Jaden McNeil, a junior majoring in political science and head of Kansas State’s controversial America First Students group recently sent the tweet.

In the tweet, McNeil said “Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug-free for an entire month!”

Many students are unsatisfied with the University’s response.

Floyd lost his life in Minneapolis when he was held down by police officers, while telling them that he couldn’t breathe.

Read More: Transcript reveals George Floyd told cops he couldn’t breathe more than 20 times

Some people on social media support McNeil’s right to

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Tucker Carlson Writer Resigns From Fox News After Racist Posts Were Exposed Online

A top writer for Fox News’ host Tucker Carlson resigned from the network after he was exposed for posting bigoted comments online.

According to CNN Business, writer Blake Neff had spent years secretly writing racist, sexist, and homophobic remarks on AutoAdmit, an unmoderated online forum widely refer to as the “4Chan for law students and lawyers.” The outlet reports Neff was posting on the forum as recently as this week under the pseudonym CharlesXII. One of his latest comments was posted on a thread dating back to 2018 with the subject line: “Would u let a JET BLACK congo n***** do lasik eye surgery on u for 50 percent off?”

Neff reportedly responded, “I wouldn’t get LASIK from an Asian for free, so no.”

CNN also pointed to a June 5 post by CharlesXII, who wrote, “Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest

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