Larkin & Lacey – Descrimination and Technology
Every human being should be afforded the same rights. One’s social status, race, sex, age, sexual preference, etc., should not be a factor that should give one person preference over another. There have been many acts of discrimination of civil rights, human rights and migrant rights captured on video, thanks to modern technology. These videos are bringing discrimination to the forefront without the discriminator being able to deny his/her acts. With these new tools we will be able to fight back even harder.
Now we are taking technology one step further with “big data”. Big data companies are compiling data that is revealing discrimination that is hidden. Hidden discrimination is the worse kind because if you don’t even know you are being discriminated against then you can’t fight back. This type of racism goes way deeper than anyone imagined. Read more: Jim Larkin | Crunchbase
A company called Cedar Grove Institute For Sustainable Development upon compiling census data for Moore County, N.C. noticed that the city had redrawn it’s boundaries around historically African-American neighborhoods excluding them. With the African-American neighborhoods no longer within the boundaries, they were no longer eligible to vote on public issues or even receive public services like water and sewage.
Most recently, Wells Fargo, an American international bank, is in hot water for the violation of the “Fair Housing Act of 1968”. The act was put in place to provide equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion, or national origin and made it a federal offense if violated. The city of Philadelphia claims that through collections of data it was discovered that Blacks and Latinos, despite having good credit, were given higher interest rates and were lead into high risk loans. It was also noted that house refinancing was made difficult for these groups as well. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/blogs/az-aclu-honors-new-times-founders-jim-larkin-and-mike-lacey-as-civil-libertarians-of-the-year-6500737
The great thing is that individual states are beginning to take matters into their own hands. They are tired of waiting on equality that seems to never come. And with technology proof can now be shown, undeniable proof. Big data is showing that there has been hidden discrimination that is being brought to the light.
This sense of urgency to bring justice to these perpetrators is also being shown on an individual level. Two such individuals are Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin who were dragged out of their homes one night by the police and arrested for something they had not done. This incident sparked a multi-million dollar lawsuit which Lacey and Larkin won.
With some of those proceeds they formed the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund. They support many organizations such as No More Deaths-No Más Muertes, Si Se Puede Foundation, Justice for Immigrants & Families Project and Justice that Works to name a few. To know more about the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund visit http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org and learn what you can do to make a difference. Browse through the many articles and also learn about all the organizations they support.