The word “racist” has been thrown around so willy-nilly of late that it has lost any real meaning. So, let’s go back to the roots. Who would you say is a racist? Would you say that a person’s skin color automatically makes them a racist? How about political affiliation? Does belonging to a certain party guarantee that a person is racist?
What if someone specifically aims to exclude members of a certain race from being hired for a job? Is that racist? Is it any worse if the person making those demands is a member of the House of Representatives?
Most of you reading this know what comes next, but some will be surprised. Representative Rashida Tlaib from Michigan has instructed the Detroit police to only hire African Americans as facial recognition analysts.
Think about this carefully. She feels justified that this is the way to remove inherent bias from the facial recognition system, but can a staff exclusive to one race really accomplish this?
What if the facial recognition software needs to identify people of Aboriginal American decent? Or Asian decent? There’s no reason to expect that black people will be inherently less biased than any other group. A racially diverse staff would be more effective in rooting out those kinds of biases.
More importantly, what Rashida Tlaib is suggesting is clearly a violation of the Civil Rights Act. She’s trying to discriminate based on race, and that discrimination is against minorities just as much as it is against white people.
She. Is. A. Racist. Here the damning words from her own mouth. Watch the video.