Techno-racism: People of color’s new enemy


It’s called techno-racism. And while you may not have heard of it, it’s baked into some of the technology we encounter every day.

Digital technologies used by government agencies and private companies can unwittingly discriminate against people of color, making techno-racism a new and crucial part of the battle for civil rights, experts say.
“It’s not just the physical streets. Black folks now have to fight the civil rights fight on the virtual streets, in those algorithmic streets, in those internet streets,” says W. Kamau Bell, host of the CNN original series “United Shades of America.” Bell explores this digitized form of racism in tonight’s episode, which focuses on the role of race in science, tech and related fields.

We talked to some experts to gain a deeper understanding of what techno-racism is and what you can do about it.

What’s techno-racism?

Techno-racism describes a phenomenon in which the racism experienced by people of color is encoded in…

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