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The Wall Street Journal: Google removes diversity exec over 2007 anti-Semitic blog post

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Google removed a senior member of its diversity team over anti-Semitic remarks in a 2007 blog post, marking the second time in a month that a big tech company has been forced to make a staffing change in the wake of public outcry over an executive’s previous writing.

The subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. 
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hired Kamau Bobb in 2018 as global lead of diversity strategy and research, a decade after he published a blog post titled “If I Were a Jew.”

In it, Bobb, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, wrote that if he were Jewish that he would “be concerned about my insatiable appetite for war and killing in defense of myself.”

The blog post surfaced this week in several news outlets, including the Washington Free Beacon.

In a statement, a Google spokeswoman condemned the post and acknowledged that it had caused “deep offense and pain to members of our Jewish community.”

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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