Happy Holidays from Google
As we near the end of the year, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for the time, energy, commitment, and trust you've shared with us in 2009.
With sharing in mind, this year we've decided to do something a little different. We hope you'll find it fits the spirit of the holiday season.
We're looking forward to working with you to build lasting success in 2010.
Your Google Team
While on the surface it seems like a nice gesture, wouldn't it be nice if these big companies actually put some thought into what they wrote?
The use of terms or "codewords" like "Happy Holidays" or "holiday season" is meant to be all inclusive of the various winter holidays celebrated by different religions or cultural groups, without singling out any one of them in particular. It's primarily meant to include minorities that celebrate Kwanzaa and Hanukkah.
But this letter was sent on December 21, after Hanukkah was already completed two days earlier. If they really wanted to be all inclusive, perhaps they should have sent it the first week in December, instead of waiting till soon after Hanukkah was over, portraying Antisemitism.
All these "codewords" used are actually born out of "Political Correctness", a practice designed to discriminate against your average white male, while not actually caring about the minorities you're trying to protect. Isn't it nice to see another big company show that they aim for Political Correctness, yet show they couldn't care less about those minorities?
On a similar note, a friend of mine tells me that he recently applied for a job at Google, and they sent him a form asking him to specify his Race on it. Wonder why?