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Harriet Tubman Wasn't Removed Over Backlash

2/4/2014 10:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Nick Cannon got fired up about Google's Black History Month tribute featuring Harriet Tubman -- and sparked some outrage on the Internet -- but the company doesn't think it did anything wrong ... TMZ has learned.

If you missed it, Google's homepage on February 1st featured a doodle of the Civil War era abolitionist carrying a lantern. If you slept through your education -- Tubman led hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad.

The image of HT, wearing a do-rag, rubbed Nick the wrong way -- he Instagrammed ... "Really Google? This is the way we are kicking off Black History Month #WhoApprovedThis"

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Our Google sources tell us they did NOT take down the doodle early due to the moderate backlash generated in part by Cannon's IG. We're told Harriet was up for a full 24-hours ... just like all the other Google doodle tributes.

Question is: why was anyone pissed in the first place? There are plenty of actual photos of Tubman wearing a do-rag.

So, we gotta ask ...

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Oaxaca1    

I suppose they should have used the Ebony cover pic of him and his wife--what's her name?

226 days ago
32.

billybob    

Jeeze! Does that mean that wouldn't be any black rappers without Harriet Tubman??

226 days ago
33.

Jamie Dee    

What an ass clown. Do your homework before you call something racist.

226 days ago
34.

PhoenixFuller    

As usual, one black person says something negative and they are seen as speaking on behalf of all. Smh.

226 days ago
35.

Steve    

2% say the Google promo is "racist". Same 2%, including Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, make all the news we hear drum beating out of Main Stream Media.

Very telling...

226 days ago
36.

CRobbins    

maybe he mistook it for something else. I'm not sure how anyone could think the image of harriet Tubman was racist?! She was so brave in a time when she could have been killed for saving the lives of others. She should be celebrated!

226 days ago
37.

MSD    

I don't find anything wrong with this. It's paying tribute to a great person who helped hundreds of black people.
And also, Nick Cannon has always loved the attention. Probably the only reason he said what he did.

226 days ago
38.

Mr. Clean    

Ignorant much Nick?

226 days ago
39.

Sheldon Siegel    

Follow the drinking gourd.

226 days ago
40.

trenee312    

It's unnecessary acts such as this that give racists the green light to unleash their racist replies...shut up Nick, there was nothing wrong with the picture. Why give racists a reason to inappropriately judge "all black people" by one person's ignorance. This comment section goes to show that "ignorance" comes in all creeds & colors.

226 days ago
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A J Mclamb    

I think there are some people (non-African Americans) that are stoking the fires here to get things riled up about this. I am Black and I see absolutely nothing wrong with this tribute. Are we absolutely sure this is not someone just trying to start some stupid s**t? I don't think any African American has a problem with this picture at all. I think its all fabricated!!

226 days ago
42.

kewljewl    

If I was Harriet, I would feel honored. They could've put MLK...even Jesse Jackson (ha). I approve of the Harriet tubman tribute. Nick so sensitive

226 days ago
43.

SoManyIdiots    

Mr. Carey is a little sensitive about being in the shadow of more powerful women. Both at homeand on the internet.

226 days ago
44.

LetsBeReAL    

Nick is an idiot. In every history book I've ever read, the pictures of her have Do-rags!!! If you're offended by facts then you are just as idiotic as Nick Cannon who has no clue about his history apparently. He made a bigger fool of himself making that comment. What an idiot!

226 days ago
45.

BigTunaLV    

Mr. Carey can go back to his time-out corner now.

226 days ago
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