The producer and director of Coded Bias, Shalini Kantayya is a poster child for the Hindu American Foundation’s (HAF) fundraising efforts. Westerners may not be immediately familiar with the Hindutva think tank cloaked in “janus faced multiculturalism” and its open links to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), an Indian right…


Fired for Speaking Out Against Anti-Blackness and Ethnic Cleansing: Open Letter to Cornell Tech

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I was fired last week from Cornell Tech by Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Associate Professor Tapan Parikh for calling out South Asian anti-Blackness with a GIF and speaking out against ethnic…


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I support Dr. Timnit Gebru. I’ve had the good fortune to become friends with Timnit over the last several weeks as we’ve spent hours discussing the spread of mis/disinformation and hate speech on social media in Ethiopia. Our collaboration began with a frank conversation around the limitations of the AI…


A Response to Racial Categories of Machine Learning by Sebastian Benthall and Bruce Haynes

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Having one less than a half dozen kids, I had neither the time or financial resources to attend the recent Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency (FAT* 19) in Atlanta, Georgia. Stumbling through Twitter, I discovered “Racial Categories in Machine Learning”, a paper co-authored by NYU Fellow Sebastian Benthall and…


There is a direct link between the the mistreatment of immigrant children at the border by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and public indifference toward the systematic removal of African American and Hispanic children in New York City by the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS). Trump’s forcible separation…


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Lost They Damn Mind (#DecolonizeThisPlace)


The first horror story of White supremacy I ever heard was not Get Out, it was Little Red Riding Hood. Nubile fair skinned Lolita straight outta Kansas, birthed into a forest by a benevolent narrator. Treading through a darkened forest, the red hooded virgin is blissfully unaware of the danger…


NYC Administration of Children’s Services spends 6 figures on calling NYPD

Monday August 21st, (now former) Daily News reporter, Shaun King released Part 1 of Soul Snatchers: How the NYPD’s 42nd precinct, Bronx DA and City of New York Conspired to Destroy Black and Brown Lives. King has collated damning…

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