New York - Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, declared his support for Muslims in an open letter he wrote on Friday, via Medium, a blog platform.
New York – Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, declared his support for Muslims in an open letter he wrote on Friday, via Medium, a blog platform.
The latest Islamophobic acts and hate speech against Muslims in America has reached a dangerous level of fear and intolerance, made worse by instigation of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who plans to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.
Meanwhile, other key figures in business and politics, like Internet giant Google’s CEO, have expressed their support for the Muslim community.
In a letter titled “Let’s not let fear defeat our values”, Pichai denounced discrimination and intolerance, while indirectly referencing to Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.
“That is why it’s so disheartening to see the intolerant discourse playing out in the news these days — statements that our country would be a better place without the voices, ideas and the contributions of certain groups of people, based solely on where they come from, or their religion,” Pichai wrote.
Born in Madras, India, Sundar Pichai opened up about his life when he immigrated to the U.S. with his family and spoke of all the support and opportunities he found that made them feel welcome.
“I came to the US from India 22 years ago. I was fortunate enough to gain entry to a university here, and time after time, I saw that hard work opened other doors. I have built a career and a family and a life here. And I’ve felt as much a part of this country, as I felt growing up in India,” he said.
Google’s boss called America the “land of opportunity”, a country built by millions of immigrants.
“And it’s not just about opportunity. The open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance of new Americans is one of the country’s greatest strengths and most defining characteristics. And that is no coincidence — America, after all, was and is a country of immigrants,” Pichai affirmed.
As CEO of the third “World’s Most Valuable Brands” and the number one “America’s Best Employers” company, according to Forbes magazine, Pichai stressed that the “mix of races and cultures” in his company is key for its success.
“I firmly believe that whether you’re building a company or leading a country, a diverse mix of voices and backgrounds and experiences leads to better discussions, better decisions, and better outcomes for everyone, he said.
Pichai leads an enterprise of nearly 54,000 employees from all around the world.
He urged everyone to stand up against intolerance and hatred, while sending a message of hope and support to those who feel oppressed.
“But I feel we must speak out — particularly those of us who are not under attack. Everyone has the right to their views, but it’s also important that those who are less represented know that those are not the views of all,” the famous CEO concluded.
Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement supporting Muslims that no one should be “persecuted for the actions of others” and “we must stand up against attacks on all communities.”