Mountain View, California (Accredited Times) – In 2014, multiple progressive news outlets reported on racism in Google’s “doodles” — the images that Google features on its front page. A study by SPARK Movement found that a shocking 74% of Google’s doodles “honored white people” and only “4.3% honored women of color.” After the bombshell revelations, Google’s executives apologized to SPARK and “emphasized their commitment to more diversity not only in Google Doodles, but also Google as a company.”
Shockingly, however, Google now has yet another racism scandal on its hands in yet another incident involving Google’s doodles. Progressive activists are now demanding that Google CEO Sundar Pichai resign immediately.
The racism scandal exploded in response to Google’s doodles posted on November 7, 2017. The doodles portray racial stereotypes of People of Color from the Southeastern Asian country of Thailand. In the doodles, blue, red, green, and yellow Thais are depicted eating “Pad Thai” while using chopsticks and having “slant” eyes. The doodles purportedly celebrate the Thai dish “Pad Thai,” but Google shockingly chose to denigrate the Thai people with the blatant stereotypes. More shockingly, according to a USA Today article linked by the doodle, “Pad Thai” did not even originate in Thailand; instead “the origins of the dish appear to go back to China.” Consequently, not only did Google engage in clear racial stereotyping and microaggressions, but Google also “celebrated” an apparent act of cultural appropriation and doubled-down by culturally appropriating the Chinese dish for a non-Chinese audience. Google’s website even gives instructions for how to make Pad Thai.
The incident mirrors the controversy surrounding Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), who recently was accused of racism for including a picture of a “Chinaman” in his first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (1937). Earlier this month, three prominent social justice warriors/authors, Mo Willems, Lisa Yee, and Mike Curato, announced that they would not be appearing at a scheduled event at the Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Massachusetts because of a mural containing the picture, which they described as racist because it included a “jarring racial stereotype of a Chinese man who is depicted with chopsticks, a pointed hat and slanted slit eyes.” The progressives found the “caricature of ‘the Chinaman’ deeply hurtful” because of its clear “racism.” In response, the Dr. Seuss Museum apologized and agreed to remove the mural.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai has undoubtedly taken some positive strides against racism at Google. Importantly, Pichai, an Indian-American, has generally refused to hire white males and instead has opted for a more diverse work force comprised of Indian H1B immigrants. In 2015, Google sought a record 4,048 H1B visas and a record 1,492 green cards. In 2016, Google sought 4,182 H1B visas and 1,386 green cards.
Notably, Pichai also fired white male James Damore after the Harvard-educated software engineer wrote a memo suggesting that the “possible” reasons for fewer womyn in tech and leadership positions could include biological differences between men and womyn. After terminating Damore, Pichai wrote an extensive note to employees stating that Google “strongly support[s] the right of Googlers to express themselves,” but that he nonetheless fired Damore because Damore’s memo was simply “not OK.” “It is contrary to our basic values and our Code of Conduct, which expects ‘each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias and unlawful discrimination,’” Pichai wrote.
It’s time for Google to hold Sundar Pichai to the same standard. Google’s doodle is clearly racist, just like the Dr. Seuss illustration. Pichai failed to stop the bias and unlawful discrimination despite warnings over three years ago from progressives about racism in Google’s doodles. Pichai’s racism is absolutely inexplicable and unconscionable in the current year.
FIRE PICHAI NOW!