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Ted Cruz Couldn’t Of Been Expecting This When He Showed Up For His Flight At LAX

People are hyper-aware of the detention centers on the southern border and how the overcrowding and indefinite detentions are harming children. This awareness has touched all parts of American society and people. The frustration over the treatment of children on the southern border bubbled over this week when protesters confronted Texas Senator Ted Cruz as he waited for a flight at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Texas Senator Ted Cruz was on the receiving end of angry protesters while waiting for a flight at LAX.

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It isn’t immediately clear what started the confrontation, but it is clear that people were ready to tell the senator what they think of his job. Cruz was confronted while waiting for a flight and the protesters first shouted all of their various frustrations. Soon, all of the protesters were on the same page demanding that the U.S. government “free the children” while some people posed for selfies with the senator.

Cruz represents one of the states in the middle of the migrant crisis. Last month, the world learned about the atrocious and inhumane conditions in the detention facility in Clint, Texas.

People responded to the viral video with their own thoughts about the protesters shouting at Cruz.

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Welcome to California, indeed. Californians have made their views known about the Trump administration and the migrant crisis at the border. California recently approved a bill that would extend healthcare to undocumented immigrants. One that Cruz at one point defended and promoted.

Others pointed out Cruz’s reaction to being shouted at by the protesters.

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While concerned Americans voiced their thoughts to Cruz, he found it amusing, according to some people watching the video. As people confronted the senator, some people can be seen taking up for him and even getting between him and the protesters. Some even took the opportunity to take selfies and photos with him.

It seems like a good opportunity for Cruz to see how other people feel about his politics when not surrounded by people who agree with him.

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There is a problem with echo chambers and bubbles when it comes to American politics right now. Facebook has been implicated in exacerbating the problem after Cambridge Analytica abused the system and tools to sway voters through misinformation. The Netflix documentary “Great Hack” implied that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg willfully ignored the dangers posed by the data-mining company.

There has been a growing sense of civil unrest and protests as some states try to silence dissenters.

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According to the Washington Post, 17 states have introduced legislation attempting to make protesting a criminal activity by banning the use of masks during protests, seizing the property of people in protests that run violent, and, in some cases, indemnifying drivers who use their car to hit protesters blocking roads. Those states are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington.

People are calling on Texas voters to vote Cruz out of office.

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Ted Cruz barely won reelection in 2018 against Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke. The fact that a Republican almost lost their seat in the Senate to a Democrat in Texas sent shockwaves through the political world. O’Rourke is now running for the presidential nomination as part of the Democratic party.

Some Texans even showed their support of the protesters.

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According to the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, 47 percent of Texans approve and 39 percent of Texans disapprove of Cruz’s job in the U.S. Senate. When broken down by race, 55 percent of white voters approve of the Senators job while 45 percent of Black voters and 43 percent of Latino voters disapprove of Cruz’s job.

This isn’t the first time Cruz has been called out on his positions in public.

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In September 2018, Cruz and his wife were out to eat at a restaurant in Washington and were confronted by protesters because of his support of Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing was a highly charged moment in U.S. politics as he was accused of raping a girl when he was a teenager.

Some people are waiting for history and karma to do their things.

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The saying goes that history is written by the winners. However, with a digital world in which misinformation and lies reign supreme, how will history be written? We have seen examples of history being manipulated from state to state to paint a political image rather than an accurate portrayal of the events. How will we guarantee that history is left nonpartisan and honest for generations to come?

Regardless, the Twitter thread is filled with people celebrating that use of #FreeTheChildren as a rallying cry.

Free the children is something most Americans should be able to agree with. There is no reason why children should die of the flu while in U.S. immigration custody.

Watch the confrontation below!

What do you think about the way protesters confronted Cruz at LAX?

READ: Ted Cruz’s Legal Team Believes That His Fight For $10,000 Is The Same As Rosa Parks’s Fight For Civil Rights

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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People Have Taken To The Streets Across The Country In Breonna Taylor Protests

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Cities across the U.S. are seeing a new wave of unrest following the grand jury’s finding on the Breonna Taylor case. Emotions are high as people protest against the lack of charges against the officers who were involved in Taylor’s death.

Protesters are raising their voices after the decision not to charge all of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.

Breonna Taylor was shot and killed on March 13 when police raided her apartment. The 26-year-old ER technician was sleeping when the police executed a “no-knock” warrant. However, police had the wrong address and Taylor’s boyfriend, believe their lives were in danger, fired at the police. Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment that night.

Major cities across the country saw major demonstrations spurred by the anger against the justice system.

A grand jury found one officer responsible for wanton endangerment after firing his weapon into neighboring apartments. There were no charges tied directly to Taylor’s death. The lack of charges has angered activists and advocates who are seeking significant police reform to prevent tragedies like this from happening again.

People have become hyper-aware of the issue and are paying attention to the outcomes.

Protest signs in different crowds show that the American people are paying attention. The Black Lives Matter movement became the cause at the forefront of American mentality since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death sparked national outrage and renewed energy into fighting to stop the disproportionate violence Black men, women, and children face at the hands of police.

Some motorists have turned violent against the protesters.

Video captured in both Denver and Los Angeles show vehicles driving through crowds of protesters. In Denver, the driver claims to have acted in self-defense after protesters surrounded his car. The driver claims that he did not intend to hurt anyone but reacted when protesters shattered his windshield.

In Louisville, police arrested the only Black woman in the Kentucky state legislature for protesting.

State Rep. Attica Scott was arrested for first-degree rioting, which is a class-D felony. The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department arrested 24 people Thursday night while protesting the decision not to charge the officers. Rep. Scott was arrested with other and charged with first-degree rioting and two misdemeanors for unlawful assembly and failure to disperse.

“Our call to action is to continue to make sure that the city of Louisville understands that we will not go away, that we will continue to demand the defunding of police and the dismantling of this police department because it’s corrupt from the inside out, from the bottom to the top,” Scott told NPR before the grand jury decision. “And it cannot continue to function in the way that it does.”

Taylor’s death has mobilized the nation with celebrities and politicians calling for justice.

The fight for racial justice and a systemic change to our justice and policing systems is ongoing. The people are tired of being scared and are taking a stand with their protests.

If you are out there protesting, send us your videos and photos so we can see your activism in action!

READ: Oprah Winfrey Honors Breonna Taylor With Historic O Magazine Cover

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

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Twitter’s AIs Prefer Ted Cruz With Boobs And White Skin Over Black

Ever notice how on some social platforms like Twitter or Instagram that you yourself are mysteriously unable to crop your display images on your own? That’s because Twitter prefers to let their algorithms make the decision. Over the weekend users on Twitter discovered the surprising dangers of letting algorithms crop your own images.

Education tech researcher Colin Madland drew attention to the issue while speaking out about how the video-calling program Zoom, often crops the head out of his black person coworker while on calls.

It didn’t take long for Madland and other users to discover that Twitter’s AIs use discriminatory equations to prioritize certain faces as well. In short, the social platform’s AIs prefer white faces over Black ones.

In response to the discoveries, a Twitter spokesperson acknowledged that the company was looking into the issue “Our team did test for bias before shipping the model and did not find evidence of racial or gender bias in our testing. But it’s clear from these examples that we’ve got more analysis to do. We’re looking into this and will continue to share what we learn and what actions we take,” they stated.

Of course, Madland’s discovery is nothing new. In 2019, test results from the National Institute of Standards and Technology revealed that some of the strongest algorithms online were much more likely to confuse the faces of Black women than those of white women, or Black or white men. “The NIST test challenged algorithms to verify that two photos showed the same face, similar to how a border agent would check passports,” Wired points out. “At sensitivity settings where Idemia’s algorithms falsely matched different white women’s faces at a rate of one in 10,000, it falsely matched black women’s faces about once in 1,000—10 times more frequently. A one in 10,000 false match rate is often used to evaluate facial recognition systems.”

Still, it didn’t take long for users on the platform to ask what other physical preferences Twitter has.

Turns out the AIs prefer Ted Cruz with large anime breasts over a normal-looking Ted Cruz.

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The user who tested the image of Cruz, found that Twitter’s algorithm on the back end selected what part of the picture it would showcase in the preview and ultimately chose both images of Cruz with a large anime chest.

It’s nothing new that Twitter has its massive problems.

For a platform that so controls and oversees so much of what we consume and how we now operate, it’s scary to know how Twitter chooses to display people with different skin tones. The round of jokes and Twitter experiments by users has only revived concerns on how “learning” computer algorithms fuel real-world biases like racism and sexism.

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