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What do you think about Google's Veteran's Day Homepage?
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dotsforlife wrote:

Decided to send this to my grandfather who is a veteran and fought in the Korean War. He's also a bit of a racist at times, but that isn't that issue here.

I showed him the picture (Facetime is a wonderful thing btw) and explained to him that Google does this sort of thing for various events and holidays. I asked him what he thought of it and if he saw anything wrong with the picture. He told me he appreciated the fact that a major corporation was honoring veterans. He said he didn't see anything wrong with the picture either.

I then pointed out your issue with the picture about a lack of white men/women and asked him if he thought the same still. He said he didn't see anything wrong with it. He fought alongside black men at times and despite his racist tendencies at times they deserved to be in that picture as much as any other. He didn't think there was any hidden notion behind the race count.

If he doesn't give a fuck, I don't either. While it is true that more white men/women serve and are veterans than any other race in America it doesn't mean a simple thank you picture should cater to them. Stop reading too much into nothing and making it out to be more than it is. Just appreciate it. Veterans sure as hell do when someone thanks them.


Thank your Grandfather for serving! One of my uncles served during that time and another during WWII.
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who cares doesn't impact me or offend me or mean anything to me.
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He's waving his hand because he's the Leader
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I'm glad this is giving people a mental break down.
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The things people will complain about in this country. Either something is too politically correct or it isn't at all. Why can't Americans focus on more important issues rather than starbucks and the google homepage....
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Posted 11/11/15

bobsagget wrote:
Given that White men make up a majority of the U.S. military


A present for the OP


I couldn't make the women into men. That's too hard.
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No, it does not offend me, and to be honest, I never would have noticed without your post. Frankly, I think they made the right call. In this particular case, it is more important to equally represent different groups rather than show a representative sample of the military population, in my opinion. The important thing here is that they are all service members, current or former.
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I doubt that accurate racial representation (or the lack thereof) was on their minds in the making of this picture.

When I look at this image, I see a diverse group of brothers and sisters in arms, which is exactly what our military is. I'm quite sure that that's what most veterans see in this image as well, regardless of their own color or background.

One could certainly complain about the racial makeup in this and other google doodles, but it's also certain that placing so much emphasis on a detail such as this is below the military and everything it stands for.

I'm of the opinion that google understands this as well.
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As a non-vet myself, the Google pic to me is an obvious paean to radical multicurturalism-- immediately evident on first glance-- as well as an obvious tribute to veterans, which I take to mean all who have ever served, whether they died in battle (or otherwise while on duty) or lived to return to civilian life, both past and recent. The tribute struck me as essentially sincere and not aiming to exclude anyone's contribution (in fact so much the opposite it overshadows the overall intent of the holiday itself) and so to be offended is to overreact in my opinion. However, the tribute is unnecessarily tainted by an obvious social activist agenda. Instead of just honoring vets, Google has chosen to use the occasion to fire another shot in the culture wars.

Frankly, what grabs my attention the most in this particular thread is that so many seem unable to express disagreement with the OP without resorting to coarse language and/or just personally attacking the OP. It seems not once has the OP lowered himself to this level, despite the torrent of abuse. We might not agree on everything, but I quite respect that. You've thicker skin and more resilient temperament than I do.
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raciel218 wrote:
When I look at this image, I see a diverse group of brothers and sisters in arms, which is exactly what our military is. I'm quite sure that that's what most veterans see in this image as well, regardless of their own color or background.

Pretty much this.

The OP needs to get over himself.

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LOL. Saved.


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Posted 11/12/15
So do you think Google was trying to represent just the USA service people only or service people internationally?
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Posted 11/12/15

tkayt wrote:

So do you think Google was trying to represent just the USA service people only or service people internationally?


Would it matter?

If I had to guess though, it was probably made with the US in mind for the most part. Seeing as Google is a US company and caters to us more so than anyone else.
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