Google Maps Promoted Slavery On A Day Meant To Honor An End To Racism

Today is officially Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a great day to reflect on the progress we’ve made and what might be reversed under a Donald Trump administration.

Here in the South, Google didn’t put Dr King’s name on its business listings. They listed Robert E. Lee’s Birthday instead. Many people were outraged, so they changed it to list both holidays. Robert E. Lee was a Confederate General during the Civil War. Many racists here say they would rather celebrate that instead of Dr King.

Here is a screenshot from Google. This message came up when searching for a business listing and their hours:

Image via Google screenshot

From a Google statement:

“The holiday hours feature lets people know when a business could be closed. Unfortunately, in the three states where Robert E. Lee’s birthday is recognized as well, the feature is not surfacing Martin Luther King Day as it should be. We apologize for any offense this may have caused. Our teams are working to fix this issue as quickly as possible.”

Forcing this holiday to be something it’s not is ridiculous.

Featured image via Twitter.

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