Ever heard of a website called Google? Of course. Chances are, you’ve visited it today at least once today. Google’s clever. Each day they artfully redesign the logo on their homepage to commemorate someone or something connected with the date.
Did you visit Google on May 19th? If so, did you notice who they picked to honor that day. No doubt Google had lots of interesting historical figures and events to choose from.
Their choice was Yuri Kochiyama.
Google’s depiction of Kochiyama was innocuous enough. Yuri in the foreground leading activists that were holding up signs to spell out the word “EQUALITY”. Nothing untoward. Nothing out of the ordinary. In this day and age, an activist speaking into a microphone is seen as just another slice of ordinary, everyday, life in the American mainstream. The notion of social justice has become as commonplace as reality TV.
I clicked on the Google Kochiyama logo. It took me to a Google webpage where everything – in the opinion of Google’s “curators” – great and wonderful about Yuri Kochiyama was summarized:
“Yuri Kochiyama was a Japanese American human rights activist. She is notable as one of the few prominent non-black Black separatists. Influenced by Marxism, Maoism, and the thoughts of Malcolm X, she was an advocate for many revolutionary movements”.
In other words, she was:
– A re-segregationist. (Separatism by any other name is re-segregation).
– A Marxist.
– A Maoist.
– A Malcolm X following Nation of Islamist. (For the record, Kochiyama completed her conversion to Sunni Islam sometime around 1971).
Not exactly the qualities one expects to find when “equality” is the stated virtue. Now that Google had succeeded in capturing my attention, I decided to dig deeper into their representative choice for May 19th.
Who was this person who won over the web curators at Google?
Yuri Kochiyama spent much of the 1960s as part of the “Revolutionary Action Movement”. Their goal? Black Liberation. She worked to take the ideologies of Malcolm X, Karl Marx, Lenin, and Mao Tse Tung, and create something called “revolutionary nationalism”.
She was part of the “Republic of New Africa”. They advocated for the establishment of a separate all black nation in the US south. She believed this was a more important goal than the broader civil rights movement of the 1960s.
In 1977 Yuri Kochiyama was part of a radical Puerto Rican group that took over the Statue of Liberty in an effort to draw attention to the idea of Puerto Rican independence. While occupying Lady Liberty, Yuri demanded the release of four Puerto Rican nationalists convicted of attempted murder. (The four were involved in a 1954 incident during which they opened fire inside the House of Representatives and injured several members of Congress).
At this point it should be no surprise that Kochiyama was a supporter and defender of convicted cop killer Mumia Abu Jamal. She did the same for Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur, another convicted murderer who received asylum in Cuba. According to Yuri, Shakur was “the female Malcolm X or the female Mumia”.
Kochiyama went to Peru to help the Maoist group Shining Path (classified by the US, EU, and Canada as a terrorist organization). Despite Shining Path’s bloodstained track record, Kochiyama said “the more I read, the more I came to completely support the revolution in Peru”. Her avid support of terror wasn’t limited to this hemisphere. She backed Japanese Red Army member Yu Kikumura after he was found carrying a bomb in his luggage at an airport in the Netherlands, and after he was convicted of plotting to bomb a US military recruiting office.
Speaking after 9/11, Yuri Kochiyama said,
the goal of the war on terrorism is more than just getting oil and fuel. The United States is intent on taking over the world…it’s important we all understand that the main terrorist and the main enemy of the world’s people is the U.S. government. Racism has been a weakness of this country from its beginning. Throughout history, all people of color, and all people who don’t see eye-to-eye with the U.S. government have been subject to American terror.
She also said,
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. You asked, “Should freedom fighters support him?” Freedom fighters all over the world, and not just in the Muslim world, don’t just support him, they revere him, they join him in battle. He is no ordinary leader or an ordinary Muslim.
So, a Marxist Maoist race-hustling radical who spent her adult years first trying to carve a segregated black nation out of America before aligning herself with everyone from Puerto Rican nationalists to Osama bin Laden in an effort to destroy our country is worth of a spot on Google’s homepage? Not just a spot on the homepage, but one in which she’s depicted as a social justice warrior fighting for “equality”?
Equality for who, Google?
Maybe it’s not just Fakebook that has a problem with far-left “curators” managing online content. If so, is it any wonder we’ve reached a point in which a generation of young adults sees Bernie Sanders as almost too centrist to support?
Image: screen grab Google