A member of the National Football League claims he has been drug tested more often than his fellow teammates. While this may seem like a race conversation, 70% of the league is African -American so it is inevitable that blacks would be drug tested more than their other teammates. With that being said, the question now is why this person specifically?
This particular player has been openly protesting the systematic oppression of African-Americans that is prevalent in America today. Along side a few others, he and the others have used their platform to PEACEFULLY shine light on certain issues. During a recent interview, he stated that he has been drug tested substantially more than anyone else when the testing is supposed to be “random”.
The NFLPA and NFL came out with a joint investigation and statement saying that they looked into the issue and checked with the third party administrators to make sure it was indeed random. They said, “There is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing”. The third party drug test administrators said they use a system and algorithm to “randomly” generate players names. They claim, “The report also demonstrates that (player's name) tests were randomly generated via computer algorithm and that his selection for testing was normal when compared with the number of tests players were randomly selected for throughout the league during the time that he was on the active roster.”
The problem with that statement is that: AN ALGORITHM CAN NOT BE RANDOM! According to a study done by the Engineering Department at MIT, they concluded that it is impossible for a computer generated algorithm to be completely random. The definition of an algorithm is a set of rules to follow in order to solve a problem/come to a conclusion. The study at MIT concluded that an algorithm will always favor certain variables attached to inputs.. so the question is what variables are attached to his particular name.
Link to MIT study: https://engineering.mit.edu/engage/ask-an-engineer/can-a-computer-generate-a-truly-random-number/
Platform? Power? Resistance? Non-cooperation?
There have been other instances where black players and black people in power have been specifically targeted yet it is covered up by this idea of “random” or “routine”. Six Point Four is calling out those who have been victims of this “random” algorithm or “routine” check-ups. It is time to call out and question what inputs are used and what specific variables are attached to each of these people's names.
We will no longer accept these blanket statements. Share your story with us about your Algorithm and in what aspects of your life you are targeted in a “random” way.
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You are calling out those who use these algorithms and blanket check-ups to target blacks.
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You are saying “ain't ISH random anymore! Period!