Tag: racial bias

Study Finds Racial Bias in Voice Recognition Software Used by Largest Tech Companies

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) A common misconception equates the use of correct English with “talking white.” It’s a false and toxic notion, but that doesn’t necessarily mean “talking white” or “talking black” aren’t actual things. Perhaps it just has more to do with tone and pitch than it does word choice or pronunciation. How […]

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Your Racism Is Showing: Coronavirus and the Racist History of Pandemics

“There are some members of the Trump administration who continue to refer to [COVID-19] as the ‘Wuhan virus,’ and I think this continues to perpetuate this very strong link between Asian people more generally or Chinese people more generally and the virus itself…And this tendency to kind of shift it, to reduce it to this […]

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Instead of Highlighting Diverse Authors, This Publisher Just Made Peter Pan Black

The premise of publisher Penguin Random House’s newest editions of “literary classics” is simple: engage readers by portraying main characters as Black or brown on the cover. To that end, the ad agency TBWA/Chiat/Day partnered with the publisher and Barnes & Noble to sell AI-curated “Diverse Editions” of classics in celebration of Black History Month. […]

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Austin Police Still Disproportionately Arrest Black and Latinx Motorists, Despite Attempts to Address Racial Disparity in Policing

Photo: Shutterstock Black people make up only 8 percent of Austin, Texas’ adult population, yet comprise a quarter of all motorist arrests, a new report from the city government finds. The study (h/t CNN) analyzed traffic stops and arrests for black, Latinx, white, and Asian drivers, finding that black and Latinx drivers were overrepresented in […]

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As I Say, Not as I Do: Parents of All Backgrounds Say They Want Diverse Schools, but Their Choices Are Still Rooted in Bias

Photo: Shutterstock Privileged parents say they want their children to attend integrated schools—but their choices tell a different story. That’s what a study published by Harvard Graduate School of Education this week reveals. As the education blog The 74 reports, the new study found across all demographics, parents tended to agree that racial and economic […]

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Tulsa Hires First Black Police Chief, Criminal Justice Reform Advocates See More of the Same

Screenshot: News on 6, Tulsa It was a decision that Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum called “one of the most important” he could make during his tenure: appointing the next chief of the Tulsa Police. The department has been beleaguered with claims of racism since long before the high-profile 2017 killing of Terence Crutcher at the […]

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