Google has been criticized for failing to fire its head of diversity over anti-Semitic blog posts — after the tech giant merely moved him to another job.
Kamau Bobb, who is also an Equity in Computing don at Georgia Tech, wrote a blog post in 2007, which remains on his website, entitled, “If I Were A Jew.”
The most offensive part of the blog read: ‘If I were a Jew I would worry about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself.
“Self-defense is undoubtedly an instinct, but I would be afraid of my increasing insensitivity to the suffering of others.”
Google announced on Wednesday that Bobb would be removed from his position as the global leader for diversity strategy and research, but would remain with the company in a research role.
Google announced on Wednesday that Bobb would be removed from his position as global leader for diversity strategy and research following his anti-Semitic blog post.
In their statement, Google condemned “the previous writings of a member of our diversity team that cause deep insult and pain to members of our Jewish community.”
“These writings are without doubt hurtful,” the statement added. The author acknowledges this and has apologized. He will no longer be part of our diversity team and will focus on his STEM work.”
Insider reports, however, that Bobb was not fired. Instead, he has been reassigned to a STEM research role.
Google has not commented on why Bobb ultimately stayed with the company.
Google refused to fire Bobb, but gave him a new role
Stop Antisemitism, a Jewish group, was among those who criticized Google for not firing Bobb outright.
“How is the obscene, anti-Semitic bigot still working there?” the group tweeted.
In his blog post, Bobb recalls Kristallnacht, a Nazi massacre against Jews in 1938, and Holocaust victim Anne Frank to wonder why Israel lacks “compassion” for Muslims in Gaza, Lebanon and the West Bank.
“My greatest affliction would be that I have misinterpreted the identity of my history and transmuted spiritual and human compassion with self-righteous impunity,” the academic wrote.
Kamau Bobb was Global Lead for Diversity Strategy and Research at Google and the 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 Lead for Diversity Strategy and Research at Google and the founder of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech.”
He previously worked for the US government at the National Science Foundation, where he was “responsible for $30 million a year in investments aimed at improving computing and STEM.” [Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] Education.’
Critics took to Bobb after the blog post was flagged in an article by the Washington Free Beacon.
Michael Dickson, director of Stand With Us, which educates people to fight anti-Semitism, tweeted: “All of this raises the question of (1) Google exercised due care in selecting Kamau Bobb for the sensitive position of global Google DEI (Diversity, Equality and Inclusion) Director and (2) whether he should remain in these positions.’
In another tweet, Dickson wrote that Bobb “made horrific and anti-Semitic comparisons between the actions of the Nazis and those of the world’s only Jewish country.” He portrays Jews as bloodthirsty.’
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, an educational institution that takes its name from the Jewish Austrian Holocaust survivor, Nazi hunter and writer, tweeted: “Google needs to fire this #antisemite #KamauBobb.”
DailyMail.com has reached out to Bobb and Google for comment. He had not responded to requests for comment from the Free Beacon.
The 14-year-old blog post came as a small group of Google employees recently demanded executives cut ties with Israeli companies after last month’s bombing campaign against Islamist terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
An internal letter to CEO Sundar Pichai urged a company-wide statement “recognition of the violence in Palestine and Israel, including direct recognition of the damage done to Palestinians by the Israeli military and gang violence.”
It also argued that Google should “reject any definition of anti-Semitism that states that criticizing Israel or Zionism is anti-Semitic,” which “limits freedom of expression and distracts from real acts of anti-Semitism.”
The letter had only about 250 signatures by mid-May.
Kamau Bobb previously worked for the US government at the National Science Foundation
In his 14-year-old blog post, Bobb wrote: “Suffering and oppression generally give rise to 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 to heal pain, patience to fear, and understanding to confusion.
“I don’t know how I would reconcile that identity with the behavior of fundamentalist Jewish extremists or of Israel as a nation…
“I would not understand those who suggest that bombing Lebanon, slaughtering Lebanese and destroying much of Beirut in retaliation for the capture of a few soldiers is justified.
“I wouldn’t understand the idea of collective punishment, cutting off gas, electricity and water from the residents of Gaza for attacking Israel that is fighting them.
“It would be unscrupulous for me to watch Israeli tanks with the Star of David thunder through Ramallah, destroying buildings and breaking glass.”
The essay concludes with the paragraph: ‘If I were a Jew, I would be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and murder in defense of myself. Self-defense is undoubtedly an instinct, but I would be afraid of my increasing insensitivity to the suffering others. My greatest affliction would be that I have misinterpreted the identity of my history and transmuted spiritual and human compassion with self-righteous impunity.”
According to the New York PostBobb this week sent an apology to the ‘Jewgler’ Employee Resource Group at Google.
‘My blog is a place for my personal reflection on a number of complex issues over the years. If I read it again and see how much pain it has caused, I’d like to respond directly and honestly,” Bobb wrote.
“Let me apologize first. What I wrote broadly characterized the entire Jewish community. What was meant to criticize certain military action fueled anti-Semitic tropes and prejudice. I think we can all agree that there is no easy solution to this situation. But that’s beside the point. The way I expressed my opinion about that conflict was hurtful,” he continued.
“My work here at Google is focused on extending computing journeys through our interface with educational institutions. The world now leaves us all unsafe and restless. I certainly don’t want to contribute to that.
“None of this changes or excuse the words I’ve written, but I’m very sorry,” Bobb concluded.