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Controversy exploded on social media this week when someone decided to share what they found when they searched Google for black teenagers and white teenagers.
Twitter user @iBeKabir posted a video that showed him first searching for “three black teenagers” and coming up with mainly pictures of mugshots.
When he changed the search word to “white” the picture results returned were mainly happy, smiling stock photos of young white people.
YOOOOOO LOOK AT THIS pic.twitter.com/uY1JysFm8w
— July 3rd. (@iBeKabir) June 7, 2016
The tweet has received nearly 50,000 retweets since it was first posted on Monday.
Some of those who responded thought the results reeked of racism and white privilege.
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@iBeKabir this is racism, at its’ finest.
— Panash (@QuestionMarkmen) June 8, 2016
— annabel loves helen (@annabooblets) June 8, 2016
Go to GOOGLE.
Type in “three black teenagers ”
Go to GOOGLE.
Type in “three white teenagers”
WHITE PRIVILEGE at its finest.
— aKEMPnameSlickback (@KEMPSAIDWHAT) June 7, 2016
Others had another perspective on why the results are so dissimilar.
— Capitalist (@Striker_VA) June 8, 2016
@iBeKabir Have black people tried to fix this by not commiting so much crime tho?
— Janssonty (@Jamspoony) June 8, 2016
— William ට (@u0001f602) June 7, 2016
— Evan Iranvij (@UziChaika) June 7, 2016
@iBeKabir Or maybe crime is disproportionate, fix the culture.
— Tyler Wilkinson (@WilkyinAL) June 8, 2016
@iBeKabir What’s the problem though ? Maybe less crimes and the search engine will give different results .
— Razvan T (@RazvanHimself) June 8, 2016
@iBeKabir @kahreennaa sounds like blacks commit a lot of crimes. Oh computers are racists. Oh waah waah waah.
— R. J. Bigelow (@rjbigelow) June 8, 2016
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