Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO calls for tolerance after Trump’s comments which were calling for a ban of all Muslims from entering the United States.
Pichai wrote an open letter in a blog post on Medium.com, referring to Donald Trump’s xenophobe comments without calling him by his name.
Sundar Pichai has been named the Chief Executive Officer of Google in August. He starts his open letter by telling that he was born in India and moved to the United States to take his Master’s degree 22 years ago. He has always felt as a part of this country, in which he built a career and a family.
The CEO claims that his experience is not unique, being what millions of immigrants feel when they come to the so-called “land of opportunity”. But at the same time, he emphasizes that America is not only about opportunities, but also about tolerance and acceptance, which make this the great country that it is. After all, Pichai reminds us that America is a country of immigrants.
Comparing the experience of leading a company with that of leading a country, Pichai argues that diversity must be a core value. Different people with different voices and different visions, coming from different backgrounds are making up the success of a great company, just like they contribute to the success of a great country.
Pichai admits that it took him some time before deciding to publish his letter since he has observed that criticism of intolerance just fuel the debate but he felt the need to speak out to support those who are the less represented and let them know that not everybody is against them.
He ends his letter by urging Americans not to let fear defeat our core values, saying that we should all support Muslim community and other minorities around the globe.
Pichai’s letter is an act of courage and a decent thing to do. As a person who immigrated in the United States, he had the courage to come forward and say what he thinks, a step which might give hope to thousands of people who are being oppressed and marginalized by xenophobia, racism and other discriminations. They must all know they’re not alone and not everybody hates them.
Last but not least, an important thing to know is that Muslims are the greatest victims of terrorism around the world.
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