Back in February, Google drew some heat when a Muslim blogger, Hind Makki, pointed out a seemingly racist “kink” in the search engine’s algorithm related to a search for “american muslims report terrorism.” Apparently Google made the incorrect assumption that Makki meant to search for “american muslims support terrorism.” Oops.
No Google, I didn’t. pic.twitter.com/hF0vXpjcoc
— Hind Makki (@HindMakki) February 12, 2016
Tosh.O even recorded an “Is Google Racist?” segment poking fun at the discovery.
Now, clearly not one to shy away from tackling the tough racially-charged questions, per The Sun, Google offers the following very specific answer to the question of whether or not it is “possible to be racist to a white person”:
Just to recap before moving on, according to Google “reverse racism DOES NOT exist” because “white people have power to oppress black people because they control the system and economic structure in society.“
Oddly, Google seems to have pulled their “facts” from a Huffington Post article entitled “4 ‘Reverse Racism’ Myths That Need To Stop” which succinctly concludes: “Reverse racism isn’t real. No, really.”
Now we’re not sure about all of you, but the first “news” outlet that comes to mind when we think about hard-hitting, fact-based, impartial, investigative journalism is the Huffington Post.
In fact, all you have to do is take a quick look at the Huffington Post article to find that they cite some pretty “credible” sources in defense of their controversial conclusion on reverse racism. Well, on second thought it actually only seems to cite 1 “source” and it just happens to be the 2014 film, “Dear White People.”
Still, the film, which was described as “a biting satire of racial politics” by critics, could still be considered a credible source, right?
So, just to summarize, Google offered up a “factual” answer to whether or not “reverse racism” exists in American society based on a 2014 Hollywood movie. Seem reasonable to everyone?
Of course, this should all come as a surprise to precisely no one as Silicon Valley has demonstrated multiple times in recent months that they’ve completely lost the ability to present impartial facts. For example, we recently shared a post entitled “Harvard PhD Explains How Google Search Bias Could “Shift 3 Million Votes” In Upcoming Election” that systematically illustrated how Google overtly censored popular search results to the explicit benefit of Hillary Clinton by editing out potentially harmful results. Or, there is that time that FaceBook openly admitted that it “routinely” suppressed conservative news.
With support like that it’s shocking that the presidential polls are even as close as they are.