Google has been lambasted after failing to fire its chief diversity officer for anti-Semitic blog posts – after the tech giant simply moved him to another job.
Kamau Bobb, who is also an “Equity in Computing” donation at Georgia Tech, wrote a blog post in 2007, which remains on his website, titled “If I were a Jew”.
The most offensive section of the blog read: “If I were Jewish I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and murder to defend myself.
“Self-defense is definitely an instinct, but I would fear my growing insensitivity to the suffering of others. “
Google said on Wednesday that Bobb would be removed from his role as global head of diversity strategy and research, but would remain with the company in a research role.
Google said on Wednesday that Bobb would be removed from his post as global head of diversity strategy and research following his anti-Semitic blog post.
Google condemned “the past writings of a member of our diversity team that offend and deeply hurt members of our Jewish community” in their statement.
“These writings are unquestionably hurtful,” the statement added. “The author recognizes this and apologizes. He will no longer be part of our diversity team in the future and will focus on his STEM work.
Insider reports that Bobb was not fired, however. Instead, he was reassigned to a STEM research role.
Google hasn’t explained why Bobb ultimately kept a job at the company.
However, Google refused to fire Bobb, instead reassigning him to a new role.
Stop Antisemitism, a Jewish group, was among those who criticized Google for not firing Bobb outright.
“How is the obscene and anti-Semitic bigot still employed there? The group tweeted.
In his blog post, Bobb goes on to recall the memory of Kristallnacht, a Nazi massacre against Jews in 1938, and Holocaust victim Anne Frank to ask why Israel lacks “compassion” towards Muslims in Gaza, Lebanon and the West Bank.
“My greatest torment would be to have misinterpreted the identity offered by my story and transposed spiritual and human compassion with legitimate impunity,” the scholar wrote.
Kamau Bobb was Global Head of Diversity Strategy and Research at Google and Founding Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech.
According to his website, Bobb – who grew up in Brooklyn – is the “global head of diversity strategy and research at Google and the founding senior director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech.”
Prior to that, he worked for the US government at the National Science Foundation where he was “responsible for $ 30 million per year in targeted investments in improving computing and STEM.” [Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] education.’
Critics have turned on Bobb after the blog post was highlighted in a Washington Free Beacon article.
Michael Dickson, director of Stand With Us, which educates people to fight anti-Semitism, tweeted: “All of this raises the question of whether (1) Google did its due diligence in selecting Kamau Bobb for the sensitive post Google’s Global DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Director and (2) whether to remain in those positions. ‘
In another tweet, Dickson wrote that Bobb had made “appalling and anti-Semitic comparisons between Nazi actions and those of the only Jewish country in the world.” He portrays the Jews as bloodthirsty.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, an educational institution named after the Austrian Jewish Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter and writer, tweeted: “Google must fire this #antisemite #KamauBobb.”
DailyMail.com has contacted Bobb and Google for comment. He had not responded to the Free Beacon’s requests for comment.
The 14-year-old blog post was published as a small group of Google employees recently called on executives to sever ties with Israeli companies following last month’s bombing campaign against Islamist terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
An internal letter to CEO Sundar Pichai urged a company-wide statement “recognizing the violence in Palestine and Israel, which must include direct recognition of the harm done to Palestinians by the IDF and the violence of the Palestinian people. gangs ”.
He also argued that Google should “reject any definition of anti-Semitism that considers criticism of Israel or Zionism to be anti-Semitic,” which “limits freedom of speech and distracts attention from actual acts of anti-Semitism ”.
The letter only had around 250 signatures as of mid-May.
Kamau Bobb previously worked for the US government at the National Science Foundation
In his 14-year blog post, Bobb wrote: “Suffering and oppression generally arouses sympathy and compassion among the oppressed… I would conclude that my Jewish faith and the history of my people bring me closer to human compassion. ; closer to the instinct of offering healing to the hurt, patience to anxiety, and understanding to confusion.
“I don’t know how I would reconcile this identity with the behavior of fundamentalist Jewish extremists or of Israel as a nation …
“I would not understand those who suggest that bombing Lebanon, massacring Lebanese and largely destroying Beirut in retaliation for the capture of a few soldiers is justified.
“I would not understand the notion of collective punishment, cutting off gas, electricity and water to the people of Gaza because they are attacking Israel which is fighting against them.
“It would be unacceptable for me to see Israeli tanks emblazoned with the Star of David rumbling through Ramallah destroying buildings and smashing windows.”
The essay ends with the paragraph: “If I were Jewish I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and murder to defend myself.” Self-defense is probably an instinct, but I would be afraid of my growing insensitivity to the suffering of others. My greatest torment would be to have misinterpreted the identity offered by my story and to have transposed spiritual and human compassion with legitimate impunity.
According to the New York Post, Bobb sent an apology to Google’s “Jewgler” employee resource group this week.
“My blog is a place for personal reflection on a number of complex issues that span the years. As I reread it and see the pain it causes, I would like to respond directly and honestly, ”Bobb wrote.
“Let me apologize first. What I wrote roughly characterized the entire Jewish community. What was conceived as a critique of a particular military action fueled anti-Semitic tropes and prejudices. I think we can all agree, there is no easy solution to this situation. But that’s irrelevant. The way I expressed my views on this conflict was hurtful, ”he continued.
“My work here at Google is focused on expanding IT channels through our interface with educational institutions. The world is leaving us all in danger and unsettled right now. I certainly don’t want to contribute to this.
“None of this changes or excuses the words I wrote – but I am deeply sorry for them,” Bobb concluded.