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US State Governments Use Racially Biased Software To Predict Crimes

We all know there’s a racial disparity in US criminal prosecutions — but imagine if a computer algorithm was being used to insert even more bias into the criminal justice system. According to a damning new report from ProPublica, that’s exactly what’s happening in many states around the country.

Snapchat's Offensive 'Bob Marley' Filter Gives You Instant Blackface

For some reason, Snapchat decided it was a good idea to create a Bob Marley filter — one that makes the user look like a bizarre, warped version of the late singer, dreadlocks and all. All the typical things that might stop a massive social network from doing this — the fact that it looks like like automated blackface, the reductiveness of creating a Bob Marley filter on 4/20, the half-hearted attempts at incorporating Marley’s music, the fact that it literally slaps blackface and dreadlocks on everyone who tries it — apparently didn’t occur to Snapchat.

Reminder: Rudyard Kipling Was A Racist And The Jungle Book Is Imperialist Garbage

We are currently in the 21st century. We are in the second decade of the 21st century and there are not one, not two, but three Jungle Book movies on the horizon. And that means that it’s time to remind everyone that Rudyard Kipling was a piece of racist, imperialist trash.

Whitesboro Will Finally Change Its Racist Town Seal, Says The Daily Show

Last night, The Daily Show in the US aired a segment about the racist town seal in Whitesboro, New York. It’s about as hilariously offensive as you’d imagine. But spoiler alert: Whitesboro told The Daily Show this week that it’s changing the seal after all.

Village Of Whitesboro Votes To Keep Racist Seal Of White Man Strangling Native American Man

Yes, this is the official seal of Whitesboro, New York. And it will likely continue to be. According to Whitesboro’s mayor, the residents just voted 157-55 to keep using this symbol to represent themselves to the world.

The Best Gizmodo History Stories From 2015 You Swore You'd Read Later

The internet is a big place. There’s so much to read and watch and listen to that it can be overwhelming. We all have those stories that we start, get distracted for one reason or another, and promise ourselves we’ll finish later. Well, here’s your second chance — with a special focus on Australia.

The Secret History Of Australian Whiteness

What the hell does it mean for a person to be white?

Historically, it’s a question that has been difficult to answer. But it’s also a question that has defined where a person is allowed to live, eat, and work. Race is a social construct, but when it comes to countries like the United States and Australia, being “white” has sometimes meant the difference between being allowed to emigrate to those countries or not.

How The Boy Scouts Of America Fostered Racial Equality In The Mormon Church

In July, the Boy Scouts of America finally decided to allow gay adult leaders, heralding a burgeoning age of sexual equality. 40 years ago, something similar happened when they forced the Mormon Church to accept black kids into leadership roles in its scout troops.

Reddit Needs A Definition For Violence

Reddit’s new chief alien, Steve Huffman, announced a vaguely worded set of new content guidelines yesterday afternoon. The general takeaway? Bad stuff is bad and should be banned. The subtext? If Steve Huffman says stuff isn’t bad — like racism — it will be tolerated. Come again?

I Went To The Place Where There Is Nothing But IKEA

When you walk out of the Älmhult train station, there’s not much to see. To the west is a string of filthy box cars on the railroad, and to the east, a small park with no people. TripAdvisor will tell you that there is only one thing to do in the tiny Swedish village: Go to IKEA.

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