Earlier this month, the Washington Free Beacon reported that Kamau Bobb, Google’s head of “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” had written in a 2007 blog post that Jews have an “insatiable appetite for war,” and other things in that vein. In response, Bobb issued a feeble apology, and Google moved him to some other department where he will deal with promoting science education. Christine Rosen puts the episode in context:
Perhaps, like the Catholic Church and its pedophile priests, Google deems itself a powerful enough institution that it too can protect its archbishops by reassigning rather than removing them, so long as they are acolytes of the new woke religion. Heretics, on the other hand, will face the fire.
This is consistent with the progressive left’s general approach to diversity and justice questions, and its willingness to treat anti-Semites with benign neglect because Jews are seen as “white-adjacent” or not as high on the victimization totem pole as other groups. It’s not as if companies like Google haven’t been enthusiastic supporters of other diversity initiatives.
In the wake of George Floyd’s killing in 2020, Google issued a lengthy statement outlining its commitments to racial equity in hiring and promotion as well as the money and support it had promised to the Black Lives Matter movement. Yet Google has said nothing about the recent spike in anti-Semitic violence, including brutal beatings of Jews on the streets of American cities, despite the fact that Jews are the targets of hate crimes in the U.S. far more frequently than other racial or religious groups.
[For the same reason], as of this writing, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and most other mainstream-media outlets . . . have completely ignored the Kamau Bobb story. They employ their own Kamau Bobbs, and that is sufficient for them to cast a blind eye on the matter.