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Alphabet chairman resigns amid tumultuous quarter for top business executives

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Several high-level executives of massive global firms including the chairman of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, have resigned this year in what is a noticeable trend of top corporate executives stepping down.

“In recent years, I’ve been spending a lot of my time on science and technology issues, and philanthropy, and I plan to expand that work,” said Eric E. Schmidt, chairman of Alphabet.

Schmidt left his role at the company on Dec. 21. He served as Google CEO from 2001 to 2011, as part of his 17-year tenure at the tech giant.

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“Since 2001, Eric has provided us with business and engineering expertise and a clear vision about the future of technology,” said Lawrence E. Page, CEO of Alphabet.

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“Over 17 years, Eric has been tremendously effective and tireless in guiding our board, particularly as we restructured from Google to Alphabet,” said Page.

Schmidt is expected to continue his service to the company by advising on science and technology issues, he said.

Schmidt is one of many high-level executives that have stepped down prominent and well-known firms.

A Pentagon spokesperson told Big League Politics Schmidt was still listed as the chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Advisory Board.

Since September, Equifax CEO Richard F. Smith, PepsiCo India CEO D Shivakumar, Samsung Display CEO Kwon Oh-hyun, Oman Air CEO Paul Gregorowitsch , Hudson’s Bay Co., parent company of Sak’s Fifth Avenue CEO Gerald L. Storch, and Hewlitt Packard CEO Margaret C. “Meg” Whitman have all resigned.

They are not the only ones. Other prominent resignees include:

A screenshot of a 4chan post lists 44 total CEO’s who have resigned this quarter alone:

(Screenshot from 4Chan)

Many executives have resigned immediately and without explanation.

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Virginia School District Stops Celebrating Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day Because of the “Racial Undertones” in His Books

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The Loudoun County School District in northern Virginia has stopped celebrating Dr. Seuss during Read Across America Day because of the “strong racial undertones” in some of his books.

Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss. Examples include anti-Japanese American political cartoons and cartoons depicting African Americans for sale captioned with offensive language,” the district wrote in a statement.

Given this research, and LCPS’ focus on equity and culturally responsive instruction, LCPS provided this guidance to schools during the past couple of years to not connect Read Across America Day exclusively with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Dr. Seuss and his books are no longer the emphasis of ‘Read Across America Day’ in Loudoun County Public Schools,” the statement added.

To be clear, this does not mean that Loudoun County School District is outright banning Dr. Seuss’ books. They are still available for children to read in their libraries and classrooms.

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Read Across America Day is celebrated every year on March 2, the day of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and many schools across the country celebrate National Reading Month every March.

The National Education Association, which created National Reading Month and Read Across America Day, started to distance themselves from explicit promotion of Dr. Seuss in 2017 and now promotes non-white authors who write books about “racial justice,” “inclusivity,” and so on.

Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, worked as a political cartoonist in addition to illustrating and writing children’s books. Interestingly enough, Geisel was a passionate supporter of FDR and a lifelong liberal Democrat.

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