On Friday, several Google employees began tweeting about a document being circulated within the company called “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” The document, which spans a full ten pages, rails against diversity programs in Google, and was anonymously written by a “senior software engineer.”
As reported by Motherboard, the Google Doc document “was shared on a company mailing list but has since gone ‘internally viral,'” causing an uproar among the company’s staff. The website Gizmodo then published the anti-diversity screed in its entirety.
The author explained the lack of women in tech by stating that “men and women biologically differ in many ways.”
For example, he wrote, women have “a stronger interest in people rather than things, relative to men” and their extraversion is “expressed as gregariousness rather than assertiveness.” He claimed that this “leads to women generally having a harder time negotiating salary, asking for raises, speaking up, and leading.”
While he said he “strongly believe[s] in gender and racial diversity,” he decried Google’s efforts to increase diversity as “discriminatory.” Those efforts include mentoring programs “only for people with a certain gender or race” and hiring practices which “can effectively lower the bar for ‘diversity’ candidates by decreasing the false negative rate.”
And he complained that Google had essentially turned the quest for diversity into a moral issue, thereby “dismiss[ing] anyone that disagrees as immoral,” and alienated workers with conservative viewpoints. He described conservative workers as a “minority” that must “stay in the closet to avoid open hostility.”
In a statement published by Gizmodo, Google’s Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance, Danielle Brown, criticized the document for advancing “incorrect assumptions about gender” and announced that, “Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our values and the culture we continue to cultivate.”
It’s no surprise that the memo’s author tried to remain anonymous. However, details of his identity began trickling forth in the two days since the memo came to light. Eventually he was identified as James Damore, a software engineer who began working at Google in 2013.
Very little information about Damore exists online, save a mention on Harvard University’s website:
And a LinkedIn profile:
And today, according to Bloomberg Technology, Damore was fired from his position at Google. Naturally, Damore already has some unsavory defenders.
On an alt-right blog called The Rundown, Kek_Magician decried the “thousands of employees” who “smothered [Damore] with hate mail and requests to management for his immediate dismissal.”
At Breitbart, Charlie Nash wrote that Damore’s manifesto “has revealed a divided Google, in which some employees agree with his outlook, but are afraid to speak out for fear of repercussions from social justice warriors in the company, such as being added to blacklists.”
Alt-lite activist Lauren Southern called Damore’s firing “disgusting” and claimed that it proved “every single one of this mans [sic] complaints”:
Peter Thiel acolyte Jeff Giesea began tagging posts with #DiversityMyth and said Damore being fired was a “disgrace”:
Former Heat Street writer and professional annoyance Ian Cheong said Damore is “being strung up”:
Jack Posobiec weighed in as well:
Along with some other miscellaneous garbage humans: