Google CEO Sundar Pichai has a message for Donald Trump

12 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google CEO Pens Open Letter Supporting Muslim Tolerance In U.S. And Beyond.

After Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering USA, Google CEO Sundar Pichai reiterated his own experience and said let’s not let fear defeat our values.

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.” Pichai, who was named to the top position at Google in August, is himself an immigrant. 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.

We must support Muslim and other minority communities in the US and around the world.” Recalling his early days in the US, Pichai says, “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.” In an attempt to protect the rights of Muslims, Mark Zuckerberg earlier this month said via a Facebook post that the Muslim community should not face discrimination following attacks in Paris and elsewhere linked to extremists. Born in Madras (now called Chennai), India, he moved to the U.S. as an adult to go to school, an experience he recounted in his post: “The open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance of new Americans is one of the country’s greatest strengths and most defining characteristics. Though seemingly reluctant to add to the debate, Pichai says he felt the need, being an emigrant himself and running a company that has a “vibrant mix of races and cultures”. “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 went on to say.

His comments also appeared aimed at countering the call by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to ban Muslims from entering the United States. “After the Paris attacks and hate this week, I can only imagine the fear Muslims feel that they will be persecuted for the actions of others,” he wrote. And I’ve felt as much a part of this country, as I felt growing up in India,” he posted on Medium on Saturday. “My experience is obviously not unique. It’s been said a million times that America is the “land of opportunity” — for millions of immigrants, it’s not an abstract notion, but a concrete description of what we find here.

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. In tech, these include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, hacker collective Anonymous, and Amazon founder/Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos, who would like to launch Trump into space.

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