Tlaib says only blacks should monitor facial recognition, because not all blacks ‘look the same’

Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has made it clear that she believes only black people should be able to use facial recognition software, a technology now being utilized by police departments around the country.

Given a tour of the Real Time Crime Center by Chief James Craig in Detroit, the freshman congressman made a few suggestions that did not go over very well.

(Screenshot from Click on Detroit)

“Analysts need to be African-Americans, not people that are not,” Tlaib said. “It’s true, I think non-African-Americans think African-Americans all look the same!”

To back up her statement, Tlaib said she has seen people confuse lawmakers John Lewis and Elijah Cummings.

“I trust people who are trained, regardless of race, regardless of gender,” Craig responded to Tlaib.

“I understand the technology real well,” he later said.

“See if you can get some of our money back until they fix it,” Tlaib said at one point to which Craig only said, “No.”

After the tour, Tlaib was confronted by a reporter about her assertion that only black people should be using facial recognition software.

“Are you saying white people are not qualified to —,” the reporter asked before the congresswoman cut him off.

“No, I think there’s actually been studies out that it’s hard for, you know, like African-Americans would identify African-Americans, similar, Latino same thing,” she responded.

Tlaib’s entire tour kicked off from a tweet she previously sent out calling facial recognition software “bulls***.”

“Before you criticize the software, come to our Real Time Crime Center to see how we @detroitpolice responsibly use it in efforts to identify criminals involved in violent crimes. Let’s set a date,” the Detroit Police Department tweeted her at the time.

Tlaib, already a very controversial leftist, has received plenty of criticism for her latest outburst.


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