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William Jelani Cobb is an American writer, author and educator. The Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, Cobb was previously an associate professor of history and director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut, from 2012 to 2016.
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The Fifth Risk
Undoing Democracy
Michael Lewis - Dec 03, 2019
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The morning after Trump was elected president, the people who ran the US Department of Energy waited to brief the administration’s transition team on the agency it would soon be running. Nobody appeared. Across all departments the stories were the same: Trump appointees were few and far between; those who did show up were shockingly uninformed abou...
Jelani Cobb
Dec 17, 2020
@brianstorms @NatashaBertrand That’s one of the most important books I’ve read in the past couple of years. Notably, it came out right around the time the government shut down further establishing Lewis’s point.      source
Algorithms of Oppression
How Search Engines Reinforce Racism
Safiya Noble - Feb 19, 2018
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Run a Google search for "black girls" - what will you find? "Big Booty" and other sexually explicit terms are likely to come up as top search terms. But, if you type in "white girls," the results are radically different. The suggested porn sites and un-moderated discussions about "why black women are so sassy" or "why black women are so angry" pres...
Jelani Cobb
May 16, 2018
Also, everyone should read @safiyanoble’s book Algorithms of Oppression.      source