Companies have been making political decisions without admitting any political bias for a while now. So what makes Google different? The company recently dropped 11 million to benefit research against racial disparities, specifically data in the criminal justice system.
Yet the company who is now in the media for presenting a good image of equality for donating a portion of its profits to a just cause hasn’t exactly been the pinnacle of #BlackLivesMatter. Google searches have been under fire for presenting racist data, but search engines simply bring up the popular result and Google in no way manipulates that. Google has always taken an unbiased stance because as a search engine it cannot alter the data presented. Even back in 2009 when Michelle Obama was ridiculed by a racist photo as the first thing to pop up when searching her name, Google refused to remove it and simply added the statement “Sometimes our search results can be offensive. We agree.” The company claimed in a statement, “Google views the integrity of our search results as an extremely important priority. Accordingly, we do not remove a page from our search results simply because its content is unpopular or because we receive complaints concerning it.”
So does Google care about BLM? Probably not. They’re probably not racist either. Just another seemingly unbiased company who makes business decisions. That doesn’t mean the donation isn’t significant, it just means Google shouldn’t be praised for doing what’s right — the people actively protesting and risking their lives for Black Lives Matter should be the ones who are praised for influencing society.