A campaigner and artist has launched a new site that hopes to make Google’s image search results more diverse.
At the moment, a search for most generic body parts — like “cute baby” or “arm” — shows people and bodies that are almost entirely white.
But as part of a project named World White Web, Johanna Burai hopes to change that.Because accuracy – if you want a picture of an arm, would you care what colour it was? – is irrelevant, when someone has an axe to grind, clearly…
The almost entirely white results are part of the way that the internet and culture think of whiteness as neutral or the norm, Burai told the Fader. “This is a crystal clear example of how the norm of whiteness manifests itself—the white body is neutral,” she said.
“The search result is just one example of how being white is a norm in society. A lot of people choose to turn a blind eye to the privileges you get simply by being white, as well as to the systematic racism experienced by people of color in their everyday lives.”*rolls eyes* Good lord, can this tired old boilerplate be assigned to just about anything?
And shouldn’t the daft mare be hounded for referring to ‘people of colour’, like Benedict Cumberbatch, or the founder of Molton Brown?
She'd get away with it if she was one herself!