Why is Google Celebrating a Terrorist Today?

May 19, 2016May 19, 2016

If you've gone to Google's homepage today, you may have seen this painting of "human rights activist" Yuri Kochiyama linking to a Google article celebrating her life on the day that would have been her 95th birthday.

Our question is: Why is America's largest corporation dedicating today "with great pleasure" to the life's work of an advocate of anti-America terrorism?

If you take a glance at the personal history of California native Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014), you will see a young life deeply scarred by the anti-Japanese-American sentiments and internment camps of World War II. Later in the 1980s, she successfully advocated for reparations for internment survivors, getting President Ronald Reagan to sign an act that awarded $20,000 to each one.

But it was in the 1960s that her life's work took a very worrying turn. Although Google describes her as an advocate for peace, some of the actions of her life are as follows:

  • Strongly advocating Marxism, Maoism, and the Black Liberation Army — a group known for murders, bombings, and prison breaks — in America.
  • Demanding the release of four Puerto Ricans who shot at the U.S. House of Representatives, injuring five congressmen.
  • Fighting for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of murdering a Philadelphia police officer.
  • Supporting convicted murderer Assata Shakur.
  • Supporting Abimeal Guzman, leader of a Communist terrorist organization in Peru known for brutal massacres of civilians.
  • Supporting Yu Kikumura, convicted of trying to bomb a US Navy requirement office.
  • Supporting Marilyn Buck, who was involved in deadly armed car robbery and bombings at the U.S. Senate, Washington Navy Yard, and Fort McNair.
  • Responding to the Sept. 11 attacks by calling the U.S. a terrorist, saying, "it's important we all understand that the main terrorist and the main enemy of the world's people is the U.S. government."
  • Of the mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks, saying, "I consider Osama bin Laden as one of the people that I admire. To me, he is in the category of Malcolm X, Che Guevara, Patrice Lumumba, Fidel Castro, all leaders that I admire."

Why is Google ignoring these major aspects of her life?

Surprisingly — or perhaps not so surprisingly — Kochiyama was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and was invited to speak at numerous American high schools and colleges.