Detroit, MI— Rep. Rashida Tlaib recently sparked a new controversy where she is feuding with the Detroit Police Department after suggesting that only African-American analysts should be allowed to operate facial recognition software. “You know what? And also, analysts need to be African-American, not people that are not,” Rep. Tlaib said to Chief James Craig. “I think non-African-Americans think all African-Americans all look the same.”
Chief Craig disagreed with Rep. Tlaib’s comments, to which he responded, “I trust people who are trained regardless of race, regardless of gender. It’s about the training.” Chief Craig told local news about the double standards where a Representative is able to dismiss a qualified person to do their job because of the color of their skin.
The Detroit Chief of Police James Craig happens to be an African-American man. Craig told reporters that he took offence of Rep. Tlaib’s racial remarks. Chief Craig admits that the facial recognition software has flaws, which is why they have trained individuals who are in charge of correcting any mistakes made by their program.
Racism: Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior, according to Lexicon Dictionary.
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