IBM Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate’ Error on Jobs Site That Asked Applicants If They Were ‘Yellow’ or ‘Mulatto’

Tech giant IBM is under fire after antiquated racial slurs were found embedded on its job applications website, according to The Register.

IBM apologized for the faux pas this week after an engineer applying for a position at the company tipped off the newspaper about a bizarre drop-down menu asking candidates if their ethnicity was, among other options, “yellow,” an offensive term for persons of Asian descent, or “mulatto” [sic], an outdated word for someone with a white and Black parent.

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IBM officials have blamed the error on an “unfortunate machine translations that were introduced to its job ads across the world,” The Register reported. (Photo by IBM Watson)

Candidates could also mark themselves as “Black,” “Caucasian,” or “Indigenous.”

“Naturally, I was shocked to see this on an application from what I generally consider to be a respected and top technology company,” the applicant, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, told The Register. “It made me feel as though there are biases and prejudices that exist, that may go unchecked or unnoticed.”

“Also, the fact that it is 2019, and to see something like this, blows my mind,” they added.

Another engineer seeking a job at IBM shared a video of the same menu on social media last week. In the clip, there are two menus, the second of which listed “African,” “Indian,” “colored,” “white,” “none of these,” and “not a South African national” as options.

An IBM spokesman addressed the error, saying the careers site had “temporarily and inappropriately” solicited information from applicants about their ethnic backgrounds.

“Those questions were removed immediately when we became aware of the issue and we apologize,” Edward Barbini, vice president of external relations for the tech giant, told Business Insider in an emailed statement.

“IBM hiring is based on skills and qualifications,” he added. “We do not use race or ethnicity in the hiring process and any responses we received to those questions will be deleted. IBM has long rejected all forms of racial discrimination and we are taking appropriate steps to make sure this does not happen again.”

When the Register inspected the offending page, it found that the menu was gone but was still present in the website’s code. Additionally, it discovered that the menu elements were labeled with a “Brazil_” prefix, suggesting a link to the country.

In the Twitter video, “not a Brazilian national” was among the options in the first menu.

It’s still unclear how the slurs ended up on the menu, but IBM has since blamed the blunder on “unfortunate machine translations that were introduced to its job ads across the world,” according to The Register. The company’s career application pages are hosted by Brassring, which couldn’t be reached for comment.


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De La Soul Thank Jay-Z for Using Tidal to Support Group’s Fight Against Tommy Boy Records

De La Soul recently revealed that Jay-Z is helping them with their battle against Tommy Boy Records, their former label. Earlier this week, the rap trio announced their catalog would be available for streaming, but Tommy Boy would get 90 percent of the revenue and they’d get 10 percent.

“Dear Fans… The music WILL be released digitally,” the group wrote Wednesday on Instagram. “After 30 long years of good music and paying their debt to Hip Hop, De La Soul, unfortunately, will not taste the fruit of their labor.”

De La asked fans to stream their albums “And the Anonymous Nobody” and “The Grind Date” instead, since neither of those LPs are on Tommy Boy.

Not only that, the group said when they asked the label if all the samples were cleared for the streaming release, they were given a very strange response.

“Monday when confronted and questioned whether or not all samples had been cleared for our catalogs streaming release, Tommy Boy felt that it would be better to move forward with the release and deal with all claims/lawsuits later on,” they wrote on Wednesday. “Really? That’s just not smart business. We don’t want to be sued.”

On that same day, De La said that Jay-Z’s streaming company Tidal would refuse to stream their music over the unfair deal.

“Dear fans, just got off the phone with Tidal,” they wrote Wednesday on Instagram. “In support of the artist, Tidal has decided not to stream our catalog until this matter has been resolved. Thank you Tidal. Thank you Jay.”

Nas also joined De La’s fight and called for a boycott of Tommy Boy, and he used a line from the rapper GZA’s 1995 song “Labels” to make his point.

“DE LA SOUL is the foundation for the young or old, Hip Hop lovers or not. It’s UNIVERSAL RESPECT for these brothers! My friends,” wrote Nas on Wednesday. “Word to the GZA – “Tommy ain’t my motherfucker boy” When you don’t respect the foundation you’re Doomed for Bad Karma! Look out for New Moves Made by De La & i. #delasoul#realunity #Tommyboycott#respecttheartist.”

The Roots’ Questlove also chimed in.

“I been hoping and wishing and praying for their back catalogue to be made available on digital media FOREVER—but not like this,” wrote Questlove earlier this week. “@tommyboyrecords This narrative has been going on since the blues, since jazz, since rock n roll, since disco, since soul—I’m proud of De La for using their voice. Let’s fix this. For the greater good. Let’s be respectful and fair. 90 percent to the label and 10 percent to the artist is not fair.”

De La Soul formed in the late ’80s in Amityville, N.Y., and released their first album “3 Feet High and Rising” in 1989, which spawned hits like “Me Myself and I,” “Say No Go” and “Potholes in My Lawn.”

 

 


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‘Just Gorgeous’: Steve Harvey and His Wife Marjorie Step Out and Show Out on Date Night

A recent date night that Marjorie Harvey gave fans a glimpse of had them ogling her and husband Steve Harvey’s style.

The star uploaded a photo of herself and her spouse posing on the steps of their immaculate home to her Instagram page Monday, Feb. 25. It’s not known where they were heading out to, but that was no matter to fans who marveled at their look.

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(Photo: @marjorie_harvey/Instagram)

“Beautiful couple!!❤️”

“The Classy’s Power Couple 💜 my Hometown Mr. Steve Harvey and his First lady Marjorie 🌹 love them💞”

“My favorite couple..highly inspiring.”

“Just gorgeous!!! Love this pic Marjorie and Steve!! 🔥😍”

“Ooooo weeeee…y’all look fabulous❣️”

For anyone wondering where Marjorie’s style inspiration comes from, the star opened up about just that to Ebony magazine in 2016.

“I think the inspiration is mostly how I am feeling that particular day combined with the reality of the occasion,” she shared when she opened her luxury consignment boutique. “I love classic pieces but I also love to think outside the box. I’m often asked about rules and ‘age-appropriate style.’ I fundamentally believe that looking and feeling like a lady is the only rule. As far as designers, it’s more of a matter of my love for a particular piece or collection than just the designer.”

The idea of letting her day-to-day feelings dictate what she does style-wise also extends to her husband. The comedian and talk show host decided to grow out his beard last summer, much in the way he ditched his baggy suits for a more fitted look several years earlier. But he made it clear that this choice wasn’t his, but Marjorie’s.

“All-new show. New look. You can tell, huh? OK, we’ll see how that goes. The wife likes it, so pretty much, she’s a determining factor here,” he said ahead of the premiere of “Steve” last year. “But, you know, it’s time to change. Time to reinvent yourself.”

So when she decided she’d had enough of the facial hair, Steve promptly shaved it off and kept his classic black mustache.

“I had him shave 🤗 I love it both ways 😍,” she said on Instagram when her hubby resumed his usual look earlier this month.


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HUD’s Lynne Patton Fires Back After Numerous Democratic Lawmakers Accuse Rep. Meadows of Using Her As a ‘Prop’

Michael Cohen‘s testimony before Congress devolved into a heated discussion on race Wednesday after GOP Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina used a “Black woman as a prop” to rebut racism allegations against President Donald Trump.

Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat, took issue with the stunt and wasted no time nailing Meadows to the wall over it.

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Mark Meadows called on Lynne Patton to be present during Cohen’s testimony.

The drama unfolded during the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s afternoon session with Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and “fixer” who’s now headed to federal prison over a slew of financial crimes he committed while working for the president. Cohen, 52, quickly flipped on his former boss, dubbing Trump “a racist, a conman, and a cheat,” among other things.

Meadows seemed to have anticipated the racism claims against the president and came prepared with own secret weapon: Lynne Patton, an African-American political appointee at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“You made some very demeaning comments about the president that Ms. Patton doesn’t agree with,” Meadows began, after Cohen lambasted the POTUS and noted several disparaging remarks Trump allegedly made about African-Americans and other minorities.

Patton, 46, who used to work for the Trump Organization, stood silently in the background as Meadows argued that her loyalty to the president was enough to disprove the claims.

“I asked Lynne to come today in her personal capacity to actually shed some light,” Meadows continued. “She says that as a daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Ala., that there is no way that she would work for an individual who was racist.”

Cohen himself seemed ready for Meadows’ stunt during the exchange, telling the congressman, “Ask Miss Patton how many people who are black executives at the Trump Organization. And the answer is zero.”

As reported by The New York Times, the congressman asked that Patton’s “entire statement be put in the record,” yet she never spoke. She stood there only briefly before exiting the chamber minutes later.

Democrats immediately criticized the cameo and slammed the idea that Patton’s presence or her loyalty to Trump somehow quashed allegations that he is a bigot. Tlaib drilled into Meadows over the issue, calling it “insensitive” and possibly racist to “use a Black woman as a prop” the way he did.

“Just because someone has a person of color, a Black person, working for them doesn’t mean they aren’t racist,” she said. “The fact that someone would actually use a prop, a Black woman, in this chamber, is alone in itself racist.”

A visibly angry Meadows fired back, pointing out that his own “nieces and nephews are people of color.” Committee chair Rep. Elijah Cummings scrambled to clear up the matter, after which Tlaib explained that it wasn’t her intent to call Meadows a racist.

“As a person of color in this committee, that is how I felt at that moment and I wanted to express that,” she said. “I’m saying that in itself it is a racist act.”

Patton has since spoken out against the congresswoman’s comments and accused her of being “more racist.” During a Thursday appearance on “Fox and Friends,” she also rushed to the president’s defense, saying Trump “does not see color, race, creed, religion. What he sees is success and failure.”

“So to me that is what makes people uncomfortable,” Patton continued. “He doesn’t care what people think and he will tell it like it is.”

The HUD regional director also hit back at Tlaib on social media. “Today a race card was played,” she wrote on Instagram this week. “But not by Congressman Mark Meadows. But rather by those on the House Oversight Committee who sadly placed more credence on the word of a self-confessed convicted perjurer, than that of a highly-educated black woman who rose up the ranks of one of the most recognized global real-estate companies in the world, spoke before 25 million people at the Republican National Convention and now successfully oversees the largest HUD program office in the country.”

Patton added that she’s “not a racist, not low-info, not brainwashed” and “not a part of a cult.”

Watch more in the clip below.

Trevor Noah also jumped in the mix to call out Meadows


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Fans Split Over T.I. Using Sister’s Last Text to Motivate His Campaign Against Gucci

Rapper T.I. doesn’t plan on ending his Gucci boycott anytime soon although fans feel he has more pressing issues on his hands.

The “Memories Back Then” artist lost his big sister Precious Harris on Friday, Feb. 22 after she succumbed to her injuries from a severe car accident on Feb. 13. He and his family appear to be still grieving and are celebrating her life with photos and videos of her. T.I., however, promised to not give up on his fight against Gucci and other major labels who’ve offended Black folks with their ostensibly racist designs.

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T.I. and Precious Harris. (Photo: @troubleman/Instagram)

The rapper took to Instagram on Monday and shared the last text message conversation he had with his sister Precious before she passed away. In the text, T.I.’s late sister talks about Gucci and the other major fashion brands being seemingly biased against Black people and rappers.

“When I worked at Phipps Plaza they didn’t even want Black folks in there,” the older woman wrote. “The reason Tom Ford left Gucci was because they developed a division just for ya’ll rappers. They don’t sell that s–t to regular customers.”

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@troubleman

T.I. then vowed to continue boycotting Gucci and seemingly make them pay for their alleged blackface design.

“My last txt from big sis… THIS WHY IM STAYING ON @gucci NECK!!!,” he pledged on Feb. 25. “Cause SHE SAID SO!!!! 🖕🏽🖕🏽🖕🏽🖕🏽em.”

Fans who were concerned about the rapper being hellbent on vengeance urged him to forget about the boycott.

“@troubleman31 U still on this man let it go it’s bigger battles to fight,” one person commented underneath T.I.’s post. ” Besides I don’t think no one is going to stop buying Gucci no time soon so what’s the point this vengeance plan ain’t the move.”

Another user added, “Vengeance is not yours it’s God’s ti keep your head up and praying for you 🙏🏾💯.”

Others fans commended T.I. for proceeding on with the boycott against Gucci and told him to make his late sister “proud.”

“Wow… says it all.. and makes sense. Making them rich when they can’t stand us. Make big sis proud!!! 🙏🏾.”

“Stay on they neck, they head, they back and most of all THEY AZZ! 💪🏿💯#RESPECT & 🙏🏿.”

Earlier this month, it emerged that Gucci had included in its fall/winter collection a $890 black wool balaclava sweater which featured a bright red lips design that evoked minstrel imagery. Social media deemed it “racist” and Gucci immediately pulled the item from online and shelves. The Italian fashion house also apologized for its faux pas.

T.I., among other Black celebrities refused to accept Gucci’s apology, and called for a three-month boycott against the company.

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@troubleman

“Y’all GOT US fucked UP!!! APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED,. Our culture RUNS THIS S—!” T.I. wrote on Instagram Friday, Feb. 8. “I Don’t Give a F–k if I gotta wear Target brand shit…. #F–kGucci.”

T.I. also outed Prada for its insensitive designs in December, including bag charms that featured monkey-like features, also evoking blackface.

“Oh Prada TOO???!!!!!🤷🏽‍♂️🤦🏽‍♂️ @prada. So y’all just gon TRY US like this???? Ok…Y’all gon get this WORK as well!!! #F–kPrada🖕🏽#USorELSE✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿,” he added.


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