Google promotes controversial claim it’s NOT possible for ethnic minorities to be racist against white people

Tech giant foregrounds idea that white people cannot be victims of racism in search results

GOOGLE is promoting the idea that ethnic minorities CANNOT be racist toward white people.

The tech giant’s search results appear to foreground left-leaning answers to this highly controversial question, rather than giving a view which reflects the fact there is debate over this contentious issue.

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in Zenica

It is not clear whether this is conscious decision from Google, or whether it is a result of the algorithms it uses to compile search results

America is currently locked in a passionate argument about whether some supporters of groups like Black Lives Matter are actually racist towards white people, with people from different sides of the political spectrum offering varying views.

However, Google’s search facility offers a rather one-sided solution to this thorny and divisive question.

We searched Google using several terms similar to the phrase: “Can you be racist towards white people?”

Google showed us an explanation which appears to be taken from the Huffington Post.

“Any person can be racist, regardless of their own race,” Google’s search rankings explained.

“WRONG no they can’t racism requires power and prejudice. white people have power to oppress black people because they control the system and ecnomic [sic.] structure in society.”



Here's what happens if you ask Google 'is it possible to be racist to a white person?'

Here’s what happens if you ask Google ‘is it possible to be racist to a white person?’

We also asked if a black person be racist against a white person and were told: “The usage of the word racist relative to a hate speech by blacks on blacks or whites is incorrect. A subjugated group cannot be racist – they can only be prejudicial.”

When we asked Google the question “can you be racist towards a white person?” it showed a comment from a blogger called Slapdash Mom.

She wrote: “Prejudice against white folks is not ‘racism’, it’s ‘prejudice’ or ‘discrimination’.

“Racism is something else entirely…it’s a system that acts against people of colour in this country (established through slavery and colonisation)…so their [sic.] is a difference.”