The racism we know and see in America didn't didn't just hatch out of an egg one day (although that'd be a whimsical origin story for such a villain). There is a long history (ahem, slavery) of institutionalized racism, and much of the prejudice (both structural and social) that we see today is comprised of a bunch of small factors.
This is where the racist bent of Google's algorithm comes into play. As most people with computers know, when you begin each Google search there are often a series of suggest search options (or popular search options - these go hand in hand). The same goes for image searches.
While in theory, the search engine is a neutral tool, the curating and ordering of suggested searches vs. popular searches is something that can be managed.
It isn't in Google's best interest to censor people's private searches, but it would be in their best interest to monitor the proliferation of racist suggestions.
Also, the insistence on pretending Google is neutral is hugely ignoring the fact that search engines are businesses that prioritize websites and companies who shell out top dollar.
In any case, visual examples maintain themselves as the best way to disperse information, especially on social media.
So, I have compiled a list of times Google searches confirmed or encouraged the embedded nature of racism.
1. The difference between image searching for "three black teenagers" and three white teenagers."
2. The unbearable whiteness of Googling "cute hairstyles."
3. It gets worse when you Google "professional hair" vs. "unprofessional hair."
4. When Google doesn't believe a white person stole your car.
5. TFW Google makes your science research racist.
6. It doesn't get any better.
7. TFW Google shows itself once more.
8. Just, oof.
9. When Google comes for Jewish people.
10. Also, who needs the answers to these questions?!
Sadly, I have no doubt there are plenty more examples (although they are a bit harder to find) of the ways Google's algorithm suggests and enforces negative racial stereotypes. Calling them out is crucial, all these seemingly benign forces of racism help create the hostile environment we live in.