A Big Mac at the White House: Trumps telling sports celebrations

Hes hosted teams and honored athletes, but the presidents ceremonies reveal his polarising nature On Monday last week, it was the Baylor Lady Bears basketball team. On Monday this week, the US army football team, followed by the golfer Tiger Woods. On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox, the baseball World Series champions. I love it, the John F Kennedy or Barack Obama eras, few actors, dancers, film makers, musicians, painters or poets now visit the White House. Instead, Trump rails against Hollywood liberals and reportedly eschews books and theatre. Thursdays visit by the Boston Red Sox initially announced on the White House website as the Boston Red Socks was a case in point. LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Votes Matter, …

Ilhan Omar: Somali Americans vow to stand up to Trump attacks

After being accused of endangering one of the citys US representatives, the president visited Minneapolis. Activists were there to meet him As she stood in a crowd of protesters, helping hold a long Stand with Ilhan sign outside the trucking company in Burnsville where Donald Trump was about to speak, Habon Abdulle could not help but be swept up in the contradictory emotions of the moment. As a hijab-wearing Muslim woman who speaks with a slight Somali accent, and as executive director of congresswoman Ilhan Omar and her supporters were affiliated with terrorist groups. There was another oldie-but-goodie: that the city of Minneapolis, like many urban centers dealing with an affordable housing shortage driven by an influx of new residents, …

SPLC chief resigns to give turmoil-hit rights group ‘best chance to heal’

Richard Cohen steps down amid allegations that founder Morris Dees, who was fired last week, mistreated and harassed staff The president of the Southern Poverty Law Center will step down, becoming the latest high-profile departure from a watchdog organization best known for its work monitoring extremist groups. Last week, the SPLC fired founder and prominent civil rights attorney Morris Dees for unspecified reasons. Richard Cohen, who joined the group in the 1980s and became one of its most prominent figures, wrote in an email to staff: Whatever problems exist at the SPLC happened on my watch, so I take responsibility for them. In October, Cohen approached the SPLC board about finding a new generation of leadership. He wrote on Friday …

The racism of technology – and why driverless cars could be the most dangerous example yet

Machine vision is struggling to recognise darker-skinned pedestrians, and cost pressures could make things worse There is a rule for dealing with computers: garbage in, garbage out. Put the wrong number of zeroes in your Excel spreadsheet and it will unthinkingly pay your staff pennies on the pound; train a self-driving car to recognise human figures by showing it millions of pictures of white people, and it might struggle to identify pedestrians of other races. That was the notoriously failed to discern black people from gorillas. Almost every product design has failed to grapple with the reality of humanity, from that refuse to acknowledge the presence of a brown hand but will trigger for a white one. A 10-tonne driverless …