Google today has “honored” Yuri Kochiyama’s 95th birthday on their home page with a Google Doodle. However, Kochiyama was a Black Nationalist, drawing inspiration from Marxism, Maoism, and Malcolm X. Her views are staunchly un-American, yet Google sees her as a patriot. Some have noted this comes as no great shock when you consider that the FTC just began its second investigation into the company.
If there was a person who exemplified the wrong side of advocacy for anything, Kochiyama would be it. In 1977, Yuri advocated for violent criminals such as Lolita Lebrón, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Andres Figueroa Cordero, and Irving Flores Rodríguez to be released from prison, who were terrorists that opened fire in the House of Representatives, injuring five congressmen. After the September 11th attack on America, she was quoted with 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.
Her disgusting comments would continue in 2003 when she was interviewed with Tamara Kil Ja Kim Nopper in The Objector:
“[…]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[…]
She was also a supporter of Yū Kikumura, a member of the Japanese Red Army, the communist militant group who was responsible for the Lod Airport massacre that killed 26 people and injured 80 others. Yū Kikumura was arrested on April 12, 1988 at the New Jersey Turnpike, when he was caught with three 18-inch (46-cm) pipe bombs loaded with gunpowder and roofing nails contained in fire extinguishers, meant to be set in the US Navy recruitment office at the Veteran’s Administration building in Manhattan to explode on April 14, which was the anniversary of the U.S. raid on Libya.
Kochiyama also supported a Peruvian Maoist group called Shining Path, condemned for its brutality,including violence deployed against peasants, trade union organizers, popularly elected officials and the general civilian population.
How this is ok in this day’s and age? We know better and Google should know better. (Editors Note: For fuck sakes, all this info is even on your Google search listing Google!)