April 22, 2024

“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. Despite what the public response seems to have been, I’ve gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude for bringing up these very important issues which they agree with but would never have the courage to say or defend because of our shaming culture and the possibility of being fired. This needs to change.” – James Damore

What happened after James Damore wrote this in a Google internal memo? … He got fired.

What were the controversial statements that James said?

“Google’s left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold
by shaming dissenters into silence.”

“The distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership.”

“We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism.”

“Philosophically, I don’t think we should do arbitrary social engineering of tech just to make it appealing to equal portions of both men and women.”

“Google has created several discriminatory practices: Programs, mentoring, and classes only for people with a certain gender or race, a high priority queue and special treatment for “diversity” candidates”

“Google’s left leaning makes us blind to this bias and uncritical of its results, which we’re using to justify highly politicized programs.”

“Nearly every difference between men and women is interpreted as a form of women’s oppression.”

“While Google hasn’t harbored the violent leftist protests that we’re seeing at universities, the frequent shaming in TGIF and in our culture has created the same silent, psychologically unsafe environment.”

“My larger point is that we 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).”

Full text:
Here Are the Citations for the Anti-Diversity Manifesto Circulating at Google
Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber – James Damore

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