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Editorial: Rashida Tlaib should wake up

The Detroit News
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Detroit police chief James Craig discuss facial recognition technology during a tour of Detroit's Real Time Crime Center

It's almost too rich that the congresswoman who was a target of one of Donald Trump's most offensive tweets has followed him down the racist rabbit hole.

Detroit Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib Tuesday was given a tour by Detroit Police Chief James Craig of the department's facial recognition lab, which Tlaib and others have condemned as discriminatory against African Americans and other minorities.

Craig graciously deflected Tlaib's persistent jabs, and attempted to explain the safeguards against racial profiling, which include the use of human analysts to check the results. That's when the congresswoman let loose this doozy:

"Analysts need to be African Americans, not people that are not. I think non-African Americans think African Americans all look the same."

Later, Craig called Tlaib's stereotyping for what it is.

"(T)o say people should be barred from working somewhere because of their skin color? That's racist."

That's what Tlaib said about the president, when he tweeted that she and and a few other Congress members of color should "go back where they came from."

Instead of apologizing, Tlaib directed her office to issue a flurry of studies raising concerns about the racial aspects of facial recognition technology. The complaints may be valid. But the studies don't change the inappropriateness of Tlaib's remarks.

Racism can rise from a lot of places, including from those who build their careers railing against it.

Tlaib, who considers herself among Congress' most woke members, should wake up to that reality.