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.
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.
Did any of you even read the #GoogleMemo ? Can someone explain why to me why it warrants the insane criticism it is receiving?
— Jacob Henderson (@ignoranthominid) August 6, 2017
That garbage fire of a document is trash and you are wonderful coworkers who I am extremely lucky to work with.
— Andrew Bonventre (@andybons) August 4, 2017
Remember The Invasion of the Body Snatchers?