Kamau Bobb, Google’s head of diversity, reassigned after ‘causing profound offense’ to Jewish community

Google has reassigned its head of diversity strategy for a resurgent blog post that was “unquestionably hurtful” to the Jewish community, the company said Thursday.

In a 2007 blog post on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, first reported this week by the Washington Free Beacon, Kamau Bobb wrote: “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 suffering. [of] others, ”Mr. Bobb wrote on his personal blog while he was a technology research associate at Georgia Tech, Free Beacon reported.

Mr. Bobb, who posted on the blog on April 21, deleted the post.

In another now-deleted 2007 post on non-traditional relationships and religion, Bobb wrote that he “always” bristles when “homosexuals” equate intolerance of their sexual orientation “with intolerance of black skin.” She wrote that she had “realized that within my inner emotional core, not only do I disagree with homosexuality, I still despise it in a way that I would not want there to be any connection between my personal character and her.”

A Google spokesperson said that Mr. Bobb had been removed from the diversity team on publications.

“We unequivocally condemn the prior writings of a member of our diversity team that are causing deep offense and pain to members of our Jewish community and our LGBTQ + community,” the company told the New York Post.

“These writings are undoubtedly hurtful,” the company told the BBC. “The author acknowledges this and has apologized. You will no longer be part of our diversity team in the future and will focus on your Stem work.

“This has come at a time when we have seen an alarming increase in anti-Semitic attacks,” the spokesperson added. “Anti-Semitism … has no place in society and we stand by our Jewish community to condemn it.”

Bobb did not comment publicly on the matter, but apparently apologized to Jewish Google staff for the briefs.

“My blog is a place for my personal reflection on a series of complex questions that span years. As I reread it and see the pain it causes, I would like to respond directly and honestly, “he wrote in an email obtained by the Post.

“First let me apologize,” he continued. “What I wrote starkly characterized the entire Jewish community. What was purported to be a critique of a particular military action turned into anti-Semitic tropes and prejudices. I think we can all agree, there is no easy solution to this situation. But that’s beside the point. The way I expressed my views on that conflict was painful.

“My work here at Google is focused on expanding informatics pathways through our interface with educational institutions. The world is leaving us all feeling insecure and unstable right now. I certainly don’t want to contribute to that, ”he added. “None of this changes or excuses the words I wrote, but I am deeply sorry.”

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