Let me lay out the facts of this issue and you then decide if U.S. Representative Rashida “M F’er” Tlaib is in fact a racist, a bigot, or perhaps both.

Tlaib heard about Detroit police utilizing facial recognition software connected to their video cameras on traffic lights in and around businesses.  When she was made aware of the use, on August 20th she tweeted:

@detroitpolice You should probably rethink this whole facial recognition bulls**t.

When they heard the disparaging and vulgar remarks by Tlaib, the Detroit Police officials invited her to the facility inside the Public Safety Headquarters to see how Detroit actually uses the facial recognition software to keep the people and visitors of Detroit safe.

The Detroit News reported that her tour was often tense, with both Tlaib and Detroit police Chief James bickering over how the department uses the facial recognition software as well as the privacy issues that comes with this tool.  She also had concerns that the software would misidentify an unreasonable number of darker-skinned people.   Why she choose to point out “darker-skinned people” I have no idea.

You might not believe this but she did say to Chief Craig:

Analysts need to be African Americans, not people that are not...I think non-African Americans think African Americans all look the same.

Now, does that not sound at the very least bigoted?

Chief Craig replied:

I trust people who are trained, regardless of race; regardless of gender. It’s about the training.

He was probably stunned when she made her demand but responded like a professional.

To put the cheery on the top of this interesting episode a reporter asked whether she believes that non-whites should be barred from working as crime analysts in mostly white communities. 

She replied: 

Look it up

“Look it up”: I have no idea what she is attempting to say other than she was probably attempting to not answer the question.

The question I have is: are the people in her district going to re-elect her?

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