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The racial wealth gap, 60 years since the Civil Rights Act

A new report from the National Urban League highlights progress, but also underscores how elusive economic equality is.
"We've seen some closures in the education gap. But there's still a gap — the health care gap, the economic gap. In social justice, which covers the criminal justice system, we've actually seen a loss of ground in a significant way," says Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League.
Courtesy National Urban League

What would the Biden administration's new plan do to fight racial bias in home appraisals?

Mar 24, 2022
The plan offers a number of steps to improve oversight of the home appraisal industry, and train appraisers.
Though the Fair Housing Act requires appraisers not to discriminate based on race, there are still big discrepancies between the value of homes owned by white versus Black or Latinx households.
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How search algorithms shape our visual world

Dec 2, 2021
Stock images are everywhere. What implicit biases are they reinforcing?
iStock’s search results for "hand isolated." Though some token people of color appear, most photos show white people.
Screenshot made in October 2021 by Shoshana Gordon

Why diversity and inclusion programs often fall short

Jun 12, 2020
They often lack resources and can even cause a backlash that makes things worse.
Sephora closed its stores in 2019 to hold diversity and inclusion training for its employees. Following weeks of protests against police brutality, companies have made a renewed commitment to tackling systemic racism.
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Is Netflix personalization making you feel *seen* ... or profiled?

Oct 26, 2018
If you’ve got a Netflix account, you know the company tries real hard to personalize pretty much everything. But a recent Twitter thread by the writer Stacia Brown revealed what felt like racial profiling on her Netflix feed. Netflix says that it doesn’t collect demographic information, and all personalized recommendations come from a consumer’s viewing […]

Is Netflix personalization making you feel *seen* ... or profiled?

Oct 26, 2018
If you’ve got a Netflix account, you know the company tries real hard to personalize pretty much everything. But a recent Twitter thread by the writer Stacia Brown revealed what felt like racial profiling on her Netflix feed. Netflix says that it doesn’t collect demographic information, and all personalized recommendations come from a consumer’s viewing […]

Starbucks will close 8,000 stores for a day of bias training

Apr 17, 2018
CEO Kevin Johnson announced the ambitious move to restore the company image — but there will probably be more to come.

For public good, not for profit.

Washington, D.C. has figured out a way around money bail

Oct 21, 2016
Using computer algorithms, DC courts evaluate flight risk and other factors.
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