We all know Google’s diversity levels are their true pride and joy. On their company website they state, “To change the face of the tech industry, we need more women and minorities studying computer science.” They claim to “check and recheck [their] people processes to ensure fairness and equity in all things that impact Googlers.”
Diversity at Google is obviously important, as long as you don’t hold a different opinion.
Diversity of Opinion
A Google employee recently released a memo claiming that Google’s diversity code is misguided. He writes that it creates an “ideological echo chamber where some ideas are too sacred to be honestly discussed.” Additionally, he thinks “Discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business.”
The author, James Damore, claims “the overwhelming majority of the social sciences, media, and Google lean left.” Damore highlights that silicon valley has a clear bias against conservative opinions, coming as no shock to conservatives. (See how they helped Clinton during the election.)
He continues, “Alienating conservatives is both non-inclusive and generally bad for business.” If Google wants to be truly fair, he suggests including political diversity as a factor in hiring.
One of his most controversial statements is that men and women are biologically different.
He stresses that he isn’t simply discussing socially constructed differences. The focus is on evolutionary and hormonal distinctions that manifest in different traits and behaviors between genders across all cultures.
He says men typically prefer stressful jobs that lead to a high status and prestige. Women, however, prefer more flexibility and creative freedom.
The writer does not simply explain the problems at Google, he also suggests answers. Rather than ignoring gender distinctions, Google should use the differences to promote women in tech without blatant discrimination. Women at Google prefer collaboration and work-life balance, so they should encourage those qualities in tech positions. This seems better for all parties, than simply forcing women to work jobs designed for men.
Google Hits Back
In response to his memo, Danielle, Google’s VP of Diversity, Integrity & Governance claims, “Diversity and inclusion are a fundamentally part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate.”
Naturally, Google then researched the writer and fired him. James states in his memo, “The lack of discussion fosters the most extreme and authoritarian elements of this ideology.” Like an authoritarian regime, Google took him out.
But don’t worry, he was silenced in the name of “diversity and inclusion.”
The statement ends, “I look forward to continuing to hear your thoughts as I settle in and meet with Googlers across the country.” Just make sure those thoughts are Google approved.