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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
NewsBusters: Google's Veterans Day Doodle Not White Enough
Topic: NewsBusters

In a Nov. 11 NewsBusters post, Mark Finkelstein was heartened that Google marked Veterans Day with one of its special "doodles" in its logo, but he had a sad that there weren't enough white people in it:

So yes, let's take some satisfaction from the fact that Google did depict actual members of the US military on its homepage this morning.

That said, Google couldn't resist inflicting its PC-politics onto the homepage, with wildly unrepresentative demographics.  The image shows five military members. Out front is a woman. Of the five, three would appear to be members of minority groups, and two are women.  One white guy manages to make it in. Compare and contrast with the military's actual demographics.  As of 2012, as per this official report, women comprised only 14% of active-duty military, and minority members 30%. So Google doubled minority representation, and more than doubled the proportion of women. Note: the stats given are for active-duty members.  In the Reserve and Guard, the percentage of women is somewhat higher but still less than 20%.  And the percentage of minority members is actually lower.

Not to be too bean-counterish about all this, and yes let's be thankful for small favors, but can there be any doubt that Google had its heavy PC-thumb on the scales?

Yes, Finkelstein really is bothered that there are too many minorities in Google's honoring of Veterans Day.


Posted by Terry K. at 5:02 PM EST

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