When I saw the Google Doodle yesterday, my first response was “this is NO coincidence”! I’ve always been a fan of Google and their business practices. I’ve sat with Google search experts at round table discussions at search engine marketing conferences and listened to how important it is for them as an organization to deliver content without bias or prejudice. I’ve always respected that. But this Google Doodle earned a whole new level of respect for the tech company in my book.
The Google Doodle was to honor Fred Korematsu, an American civil rights activist who fought against Japanese internment during World War II. No coincidence that this doodle fell at the same time our country is in protest over the “Muslim ban”. It doesn’t matter what you believe to be true, or how you voted. The Google Doodle speaks volumes about our current political and cultural climate. There is no denying the fact that racism and inequality is rearing it’s ugly head in our country. And at the core, I believe the message is cautionary.
It’s as if Google is saying “Remember when this happened? Yea, that was a really bad thing. Don’t do that again.”
I later saw this article from Mashable: Google throws shade at Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ with a historical Doodle. I felt validated that I wasn’t the only one who saw the Doodle as a seriously important message from Google. Normally I try to keep politics out of my business dealings, and out of dinner-table conversations. But this is too important and too significant to ignore. Thank you Google for the reminder. We are all one, let’s try to love a little more and hate less… or better yet, not hate at all!
I’m in full support of the Google Doodle. It gets us talking, and causes us to have a conversation that needs to be had. What is your opinion? Love it or hate it? Feel free to exercise your right to free speech right here in the comments on this page!