(National Sentinel)Â Ideology: As a private company, Google can adopt any political and cultural identity it chooses, but it is revealing that the company is showing a very public disdain for conservatives.
A memo written by a Google engineer critical of the media-and-technology giant’s “anti-conservative culture” that went viral has now been fired by the company, his screed deemed “outrageous” by Silicon Vally progressives who live in “an ideological echo chamber” of Left-wing thought.
According to Bloomberg, “Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web companyâ€™s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across Silicon Valley.” The engineer has been identified as James Damore,Â Zero Hedge noted.
“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.’ A Google representative didnâ€™t immediately return a request for comment,” reportedÂ Bloomberg.
StatedÂ Zero Hedge:
The document’s author also wrote that employees with conservative political beliefs are discriminated against at Google and lamented about how “leftist” ideology is harmful. It argued that the company should have a more “open” culture where its viewpoint would be welcomed. The document said that improving racial and gender diversity is less important than making sure conservatives feel comfortable expressing themselves at work.
Googleâ€™s CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees on Monday, first reported by ReCode, that said portions of the employeeâ€™s memo “violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.” He did not, however, say at the time if the company was taking action against the employee.
Damore argued in his 10-page memo that Google moved to silence conservative political opinions and that gender differences played a major role in the overall shortage of women in technology and leadership roles.
After the controversy swelled, Danielle Brown, Googleâ€™s new vice president for diversity, integrity and governance, sent a statement to staff condemning Damoreâ€™s views and reaffirmed the companyâ€™s stance on diversity. In internal discussion boards, multiple employees said they supported firing the author, and some said they would not choose to work with him, according to postings viewed by Bloomberg News.
Except, female workers at Google in the past have mentioned the exact same problem, as noted byÂ CNBC:
Outside commentators have also criticized the companyâ€”for instance, Slack engineer Erica Joy. She called attention to alleged unequal pay for women when she worked at Google, and has been an outspoken critic of systematic bias in the tech industry.
Meanwhile, spreadsheet still going, getting spread around, pointed questions being thrown at mgmt about sharing salary ranges (hahah no).
— EricaJoy (@EricaJoy) July 17, 2015
Joy wrote that Google execs should ask themselves, “why is the environment at Google such that racists and sexists feel supported and safe in sharing these views in the company?”
This comes at a particularly bad time for Google, which is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor (wait for it) forÂ paying women less than men:
It also fits into a broader story unfolding in Silicon Valley tech companies this year. Company executives and investors have often claimed tech companies are “meritocracies,” where hard work and skill are valued and race and gender are ignored. Yet an increasing number of workers in the industry are coming forward with concrete and specific stories of discrimination and harassment.
Liberals are so averse to hearing the truth about the world in which they exist, they reflexively recoil at any attempt to shake them out of their comfort zone and generally respond with anger and denial. And, in the case of Google’s “diversity” chief, with the Â decidedlyÂ anti-diverse reaction of firing the truth-teller.