In his first essay on Medium, Google CEO Sundar Pichai took a subtle jab at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, over his recent anti-Muslim comments. In the essay, Pichai makes it clear that Google supports Muslim and other minority communities in the US and around the world.
Sundar Pichai sees, ‘a vibrant mix of races and cultures’ with different voices and different perspectives at his workplace aka Google. AFP photo
Describing his move from India to America some 22 years ago, Pichai said he saw how hard work opened a lot of doors for him in the ‘land of opportunity.’
“And it’s not just about opportunity. The open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance of new Americans is one of the country’s greatest strengths and most defining characteristics. And that is no coincidence — America, after all, was and is a country of immigrants. That is why it’s so disheartening to see the intolerant discourse playing out in the news these days — statements that our country would be a better place without the voices, ideas and the contributions of certain groups of people, based solely on where they come from, or their religion,” writes Pichai
The Google CEO’s essay comes after another Silicon Valley giant, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook would fight to protect the rights of Muslims and work to create a peaceful and safe environment.
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Donald Trump had caused international outrage earlier this week when he demanded a ban on Muslims travelling to the United States. He had likened his proposal to policies implemented by former US President Franklin Roosevelt against people of Japanese, German and Italian descent during World War Two
“We have no choice but to do this,” the candidate seeking the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential race told ABC. “We have people that want to blow up our buildings, our cities. We have to figure out what’s going on.”
But drawing attention at the diversity and different voices and perspectives at his Google workplace, Pichai says, “I firmly believe that whether you’re building a company or leading a country, a diverse mix of voices and backgrounds and experiences leads to better discussions, better decisions, and better outcomes for everyone.”
He also writes that he “debated whether to post this because lately it seems that the criticism of intolerance just gives more oxygen to this debate. But I feel we must speak out — particularly those of us who are not under attack. Everyone has the right to their views, but it’s also important that those who are less represented know that those are not the views of all.”