The unwieldy power of Google has been a near-constant concern for many Americans, particularly as it pertains to free speech in the United States.
The tech giant has been rocked by several accusations over the course of the last two years, many of which center around their ability and apparent willingness to steer the information available to users toward the left side of the American political spectrum.
The allegations aren’t anecdotal screenshots from perturbed users alone, however, with a number of whistleblowers and undercover investigations netting serious incidents of bias and censorship within the platform.
To add to this insidiousness, a former employee has now leaked an internal memo exposing a bigoted corporate culture.
Motherboard reports that an employee that recently left tech giant Google — whose name they have withheld — published a memo before his last day on the job titled “The Weight of Silence,” in which he alleged that he was subjected to racist or insensitive comments about his race while working at the Silicon Valley giant. The employee wrote in the memo:
“Over the last 5 years I’ve heard co-workers spew hateful words about immigrants, boast unabashedly about gentrifying neighborhoods, mockingly imitate people who speak different languages, reject candidates of color without evidence because of ‘fit’ and so much more. So, just as I’m doing with this essay, I ultimately resolved to break my silence. And though I eventually grew more comfortable using challenging moments to educate my co-workers, I never stopped feeling the burden of being black at Google. And the more insensitive comments weighed on me, the less safe I felt here—and the less capable I was of being my best self at work, or myself at all.”
The author of the memo reportedly worked at the firm for several years and confirmed to Motherboard that he wrote it but did not comment on it. The former employee cites moments in the memo where he felt uncomfortable at Google, such as following the shootings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown and during the protests following the shootings.
This revelation has only furthered already existing concerns over the monopolistic grasp that Google holds over American media.
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