I use Google products every day - for email, for document management, even for social networking. And with a motto like "Don't be evil," Google has become a trusted brand for me.
That's why I was so shocked to learn that Google was a major sponsor of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference. Not because it's conservative - but because the conference is giving a platform to white nationalist and anti-gay bigots.
Growing up in the South, I've spent my life hearing stories from my parents about the cruelty of living under Jim Crow laws that limited their movements and their opportunities. They were terrorized by fear, hate and racism which barred them from visiting certain areas of the city. Even a simple trip to the grocery store could be filled with degradations both big and small from people who saw my family as second-class citizens. The retrogressive ideas of the CPAC speakers show a level of intolerance that is not only disturbing but potentially destructive. Why would Google want to use its corporate dollars to support hate?
This year's CPAC features a man named Peter Brimelow, who publishes a website called VDARE. Brimelow will speak on a panel which claims that "the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity." VDARE is named for Virginia Dare, the first white child whose birth was recorded in the United States. Here's a sample of the kinds of things VDARE publishes:
"America was defined — almost explicitly, sometimes very explicitly — as a white nation, for white people, and what that means is that there is virtually no figure, no law, no policy, no event in the history of the old, white America that can survive the transition to the new and non-white version. Whether we will want to call the new updated version ‘America’ at all is another question entirely."
— Sam Francis, VDARE.com, July 21, 2003
"Jewish activity collectively, throughout history, is best understood as an elaborate and highly successful group competitive strategy directed against neighboring peoples and host societies. The objective has been control of economic resources and political power. One example: overwhelming Jewish support for non-traditional immigration, which has the effect of weakening America’s historic white majority."
— Kevin MacDonald, VDARE.com, Nov. 14, 2006
"What race realists find most infuriating about the liberalism of the last half century is not just that it has lost its instinctive appreciation for the culture and people of the West but actively, viciously attacks them. Whites are doing something no other people have ever done in human history. Our rulers and elites welcome replacement by aliens, they vilify our ancestors and their own, they sacrifice our interests to those of favored minorities, and they treat the entire history of the West as if it were a global plague of rapine and exploitation. This is a disease that is killing us, and we must fight it head on."
— Jared Taylor, VDARE.com, July 4, 2008
And it's not just VDARE. The panel is being led by white nationalist conference is being chaired by Bob Vandevoort, a former leader of Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, a midwestern white nationalist group (http://www.chicagoamren.com). Vandevoort's former group is closely associated with the Conservative Citizens' Council, which sprang from the White Citizens' Councils of the 1960s that terrorized civil rights workers in the South.
CPAC is also giving a platform to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, which has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. FRC has repeatedly equated homosexuality with pedophilia, and Perkins has said that gay people lead a "death-style," not a lifestyle.
At the same time that CPAC gives a platform to these figures, it banned GOProud, an organization of gay Republicans. And Thursday night, CPAC's organizers refused to repudiate Brimelow's presence at the conference.
Google has lost my trust by contributing to this conference. To get it back, the company must immediately repudiate Brimelow and Perkins' bigotry, and donate $20,000 - the sum it donated to CPAC - to causes that advance tolerance and equality.
Google: Don't be evil
Dear Larry Page and Eric Schmidt,
I'm shocked and disappointed that Google is a primary sponsor of a conference that will give a platform to anti-gay and white nationalist bigots. I'm calling on you to unequivocally repudiate these poisonous viewpoints and donate an equal sum of money to causes that promote tolerance.
This year's Conservative Political Action Conference will feature a panel called "The Failure of Multiculturalism" that includes Peter Brimelow, founder of a white nationalist website named VDARE, and white nationalist leader Bob Vandevoort.
VDARE has published articles claiming that black Americans have a lower IQ than whites, that Jews are partly to blame for "weakening America’s historic white majority," and that America is a fundamentally white country.
But it doesn't stop with VDARE. Bob Vandevoort is a former leader of a midwestern white nationalist group with close ties to the "pro-white" Council of Conservative Citizens.
CPAC is also giving a stage to anti-gay bigot Tony Perkins, leader of the Family Research Council, which has been named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The FRC has repeatedly equated LGBT-identified people with pedophiles and rabidly fights against equality for gay people. Perkins has said that gay people lead a "death-style" and not a lifestyle.
To be clear, this is not about politics -- it's about common decency. Whether Google gives money to conservative causes or liberal causes is irrelevant. What matters is that one of the world's largest businesses -- one with an unofficial motto of "Don't be evil" -- not support hatred.
It is essential that Google publicly reject these views, but that is not enough. To demonstrate its commitment to equality, Google must also publicly pledge to donate $20,000 to causes that promote tolerance and equality.