How Black am I?

We love to take pictures of ourselves.  We love youth.  So, its only a matter of time that we get an app that looks at our selfies and answers the age old question: do I look old?  How-Old.net is a simple site that allows you to choose a picture and, using facial recognition software, it will guess your age.  While trying to find a picture that would tell me I looked young, I found something interesting.  The site told me I was not-so-old (great!) but at least it could see me–my Ghanian husband: not so much.

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The site had a hard time seeing dark-skinned black faces, whether in the bright sun with plenty of light

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Or sipping cappuccinos with pinkies up, the app couldn’t recognize my fabulous husband or his friend.

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It’s bad enough that black lives have to demand that they matter to be visible.  Now they are erasing us from our selfies?

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