Google ‘punished me’ for repeating what science says about male/female difference: fired engineer
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, August 11, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Former Google engineer James Damore says his firing lends weight to the validity of his viewpoint that the internet giant is biased against employees who don’t subscribe to politically correct “ideology.”
The 28-year-old software engineer was fired earlier this week from Google after his 10-page memo titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber” was leaked and went viral.
Damore, worked at Google since December 2013, told Bloomberg Television that he wrote the document for Google employees because he believed a “lack of ideological diversity has hurt our [Google-made] products.”
Damore said he only wanted to correct Google’s hiring practices that he said favored women, minorities, and some ethnic groups.
“There were several hiring practices that treated people differently based on what their race and gender are,” he said during the interview, adding that it was “easier for someone to get into Google based on what their race or gender is.”
Damore said in the Bloomberg interview he was "hurt" by the firing.
"I'm definitely hurt,” he said. “I love Google and I've always been a fan of Google even before I joined, and so it really feels like they betrayed me in some way… The whole point of my memo was actually to improve Google, and improve Google's culture."
"And they just punished me and shamed me for doing it," he added.
Damore's position paper is now being hailed as a “manifesto” of the biologically-based differences between men and women. It offers a candid observation on how Google has uncritically adopted a "moral bias" that favors "ideology" held by the "left."
"Only facts and reason can shed light on these biases, but when it comes to diversity and inclusion, Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence. This silence removes any checks against encroaching extremist and authoritarian policies," he wrote.
"My larger point is that we [at Google] have an intolerance for ideas and evidence that don’t fit a certain ideology. I’m also not saying that we should restrict people to certain gender roles; I’m advocating for quite the opposite: treat people as individuals, not as just another member of their group (tribalism)," he added.
Damore characterizes himself as a classical liberal who strongly values individualism and reason.
He wrote in his memo that he is against “arbitrary social engineering of tech just to make it appealing to equal portions of both men and women.”
"Discrimination to reach equal representation is unfair, divisive, and bad for business," he said.
Ultimately, he writes, “we should be optimizing for Google.”
Mainstream media controlled by the left has accused Damore of having written an “anti-diversity” memo, even though the engineer stated that his goal was to expand Google’s diversity, especially by having the tech giant recognize its bias towards conservatives.
“Stop alienating conservatives,” Damore wrote in his memo. “Alienating conservatives is both non-inclusive and generally bad business because conservatives tend to be higher in conscientiousness, which is required for much of the drudgery and maintenance work characteristic of a mature company.”
But Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai wrote to employees after firing Damore that certain sections of his memo “violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”
Danielle Brown, Google’s vice-president for diversity, integrity, and governance, also wrote to employees, telling them that the memo "advanced incorrect assumptions about gender.” She said she wouldn’t link to it as it wasn’t a viewpoint that she or her company “endorses, promotes or encourages.”
Rapidly becoming a poster boy for freedom of speech, Damore has since been offered a job by Julian Assange.
Damore said he is now "exploring all possible legal remedies."
Editor’s note: Damore’s document is available here.