By Matt Rooney
It wasn’t that long ago, Save Jerseyans, that then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker accepted $100 million from Facebook’s founder on Oprah Winfey’s old television show on behalf of the Newark, New Jersey school district.
Those monies were subsequently (and infamously) squandered by the district with much less fanfare.
Flash forward to this week; U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) had Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the hot seat during the highly-covered Facebook congressional hearings (the Senate had him on Tuesday; the House pounced on Wednesday). Booker’s burning line of inquiry?
“This country has a very bad history of discriminatory practices toward low income Americans and Americans of color,” Booker said, offering a rambling explanation of allegedly discriminatory algorithms and practices at the social media tech giant. “We’ve seen how technology platforms Facebook can actually be used to double down on discrimination.”
Booker even cited “a growing sense of distrust” in civil rights community due to a lack of “diversity” in the technology industry writ-large.
So, just to review for a moment, the guy who gave your city $100 million is perpetuating racism, Senator?
But the crooks and idiots who’ve swindled Newark, and run it into the ground, are… what? Innocent victims of a social media coding conspiracy? ….???