Artist’s viral Juneteenth doodle leads to job offer from Google
Who says passive-aggression doesn’t earn any friends?
It might not, but it reportedly earned artist Davian Chester a job with search engine-giant Google this past week.
Chester, 26, called out Google for what he described as the company’s failure to highlight an important milestone for his ancestors, according to VladTV.
Google has pretty cool art it dubs as “Google Doodle” on its main web page to commemorate various dates of importance — from famous birthdays to events of historical significance.
But it neglected to have a doodle for Juneteenth.
Juneteenth, or June 19, marks the date in 1865 that slavery was abolished in the United States.
Chester, 26, took matters into his own hands — literally.
— Davian Chester (@Real_Toons) June 19, 2019
“I feel it’s very important for us to know as much as we can about our ancestors,” Chester said. “So I feel Juneteenth is already something that isn’t being spread across as much as it should be.
“I was planning on making an art piece for it anyway, but I noticed Google did not do anything at all. And for a large company like that to create doodles for literally everything under the sun and have nothing at all today, I thought it was odd.”
The sketch of a black person’s hands breaking free of shackles formed to spell out the word “Google” went viral.
By the end of the day the image had been shared thousands of times on social media.
But that’s not all. In a since-deleted tweet from Tuesday captured by @KollegeKidd, Chester announced that Google has offered him a job in reward for his efforts.
— Kollege Kidd (@KollegeKidd) June 26, 2019
Chester’s body of work is displayed on his personal Instagram page real_toons .
Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Samson at 412-320-7845, [email protected] or via Twitter .