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Google’s head of diversity, Kamau Bobb, had written a virulently anti-Semitic internet post in a 2007 blog stating that Jews have "an insatiable appetite for war and killing." As head of diversity, Mr. Bobb was directly responsible for ensuring a workplace free of discrimination and bigotry. While Google acknowledged the problem and Mr. Bobb apologized, he was simply reassigned to a different department.
Mr. Bobb’s comments about Jews cannot be dismissed as a product of ignorance. They promoted dangerous accusations that have been used for centuries as a pretext for virulent hate and violence directed against Jews. And far from being an employee who worked on coding or engineering, he was the public face and head of Google’s diversity efforts, the very person who is supposed to be most sensitive to matters of discrimination and hate.
Transferring Mr. Bobb to a different role sends a clear message that Google embraces a double standard in which anti-Semitism is less offensive and less worthy of opprobrium than other forms of hate.
The lack of pushback from Google employees over Mr. Bobb’s comments or the company’s response to them stands in stark contrast to the indignation and activism displayed by Google staffers in response to other incidents both at the company and in our wider society.
Google employees should condemn these comments as they have spoken out against other acts of bigotry and violence.