Google Fires Memo Writer Over His Diverse Thinking, Says It’s to Protect Diversity

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Google fired the computer engineer who wrote an internal memo blasting the company’s diversity politics and PC social engineering culture. When it came to the lack of female applicants, he suggested the unmentionable – biology. He has a diverse way of thinking from the Google approved thinking, therefore, he must go in the name of diversity.

He suggested biology might affect the choices people make, explaining why fewer women apply for computer engineering jobs.

The furor was immediate and intense though the engineer, who we now know is a young man named James Damore, said he received a lot of positive support. The Harvard graduate has worked for Google since 2013.

Google Recode’s Kara Swisher wouldn’t identify Mr. Damore when the memo was first made public because “he – and others who disagree with him – have been threatened with violence online.”

With this firing, Google is saying that all employees will think as they demand according to company policy or the person will be fired.

His memo is considered a microaggression and people like him are the reason women are sidelined, according to a Bloomberg report.

It would seem that if women are being sidelined because they are women, that’s wrong, but if they are being hired in lieu of a more competent man because they are women, that’s discrimination, not a microaggression.

We outlined the memo and linked to it here. It wasn’t all that offensive but the new term “microaggression” allows everything to be dubbed offensive.

The author said he “strongly” believes in “gender and racial diversity”, and wants more of it but in striving for this, “Google has created several discriminatory practices” and then he points to some:

  • Programs, mentoring, and classes only for people with a certain gender or race
  • A high priority queue and special treatment for “diversity” candidates
  • Hiring practices which can effectively lower the bar for “diversity” candidates by decreasing the false negative rate
  • Reconsidering any set of people if it’s not “diverse” enough, but not showing that same scrutiny in the reverse direction (clear confirmation bias)
  • Setting org level OKRs for increased representation which can incentivize illegal discrimination

He also said something unforgivable in the leftist world – “stop alienating conservatives”. Google has no intention of doing that and the firings will continue because as Mr. Damore wrote, it’s a “monoculture”.

His other comments, while controversial, were hardly earth shatteringly bad. Don’t they have those Marxist re-education camps at Google to shuttle diverse thinkers through?

Mr. Damore wrote: women generally “prefer jobs in social or artistic areas” while “more men may like coding” and Google’s engineering roles shouldn’t be altered to cater for those differences. The e-mail also stated men have a “higher drive for status” but women aren’t happy to work “long, stressful hours”.

Personally, I know what he’s saying but I think it’s environmental and child-related. As a woman, I’m not offended. I’m offended by people being manipulated in thoughts and actions. Is it wrong to ask if it’s biological? If they are hunting for women just to have women and are taking less capable applicants, that seems foolish. You decide.

James Damore, Harvard University, software engineer

Fired!

Bloomberg News announced his firing: James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” He said he’s “currently exploring all possible legal remedies.”

Earlier on Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees that said portions of the memo “violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”

Later in the day, Google’s new diversity VP, Danielle Brown, blasted the author’s memo and said: “We are unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to our success as a company. We’ll continue to stand for that and be committed to it for the long haul.”

Diversity and inclusion apparently does not include opinions that differ from theirs.

Speaking to Gizmodo before he was publicly identified, he said: “I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes.

“When addressing the gap in representation in the population, we need to look at population level differences in distributions.

“If we can’t have an honest discussion about this, then we can never truly solve the problem. Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber.”

You can listen to this feminist woman talk about microaggression:


The former US CTO on Silicon Valley diversity “battle”

Social media lighted up with diverse opinions. Hope no one else gets fired for being diverse in the wrong way.

Remember The Invasion of the Body Snatchers?

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  1. Google has become worthless. Their search engine has become more for profit than relevant searches. Time after time I’ve found their searches having nothing to do with the search string. Even selecting “Exact Phrase” doesn’t yield appropriate results. We have to wonder if the result is due to data manipulation which has become more and more political.

    I’ve heard more and more about this manipulation so I decided to do a test. Since climate change has become so politicized I did a search on it as a hoax. No matter how I phrased it ALL the searches were filtered to favor one side. I know there are sites that disprove the myths and use science to do so. No search method would give those results although in the past they would be listed.

    There was an episode of Star Trek that rather mimicked this idea. The Captain was accused of ejected a pod at the wrong time and killing an individual. Spock tested the computer algorithms to determine the error by playing chess and ended up winning five games even though the best should have been stalemates. This proved the computer didn’t relate the facts accurately. This seems to be comparable to Google these days.

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