Auto Corrected Discrimination in Milwaukee

by Alejandro Arias, 10th grade

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I was on google the other day and my advisor asked to look up information about the “south side” of Milwaukee. So I type it up and…

Just as I finish the last letter , Google auto fills the rest of my search to “places to avoid” and “crime rates”.

Upon clicking on one of the top hits…

I find a blog where people post questions about the neighborhoods in my city. According to this site, each of the major neighborhoods in Milwaukee can be reduced to a misinformed, discriminatory descriptor. It was all just really discriminatory things such as calling the entire Bayview area “gay” and honestly i can’t believe someone  would do something like that, I mean sure these are his opinions but that is a lot of generalization right there. I’m sure they probably don’t even know anyone there.

What I also think is upsetting is that just looking up Sherman Park gives you a related search of the worst neighborhoods in milwaukee and i think that’s just unfair.

Why do you think this is? What are we doing to feed this data to google? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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2 Responses to Auto Corrected Discrimination in Milwaukee

  1. Violet says:

    This is such an organize well detailed blog. Keep up the great work Alejandro! This will definely do well in a college course!

    -Violet

  2. Amenah says:

    Alejandro, I 100% agree with you about how upsetting it is that just looking up Sherman Park gives you a related search of the worst neighborhoods in Milwaukee.🤔

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