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Google Cancels 'Town Hall' on Diversity at Last Minute

12 August 2017
Google Cancels 'Town Hall' on Diversity at Last Minute

Google officials quickly distanced themselves from the memo before firing Damore. At Google, 56 percent of the 441 employees surveyed opposed their company's decision to fire Damore. Breibart Media recently published a story in which an employee accuses Google of initiating internal "witch hunts" and "purges" against anyone not adhering or agreeing with Google's diversity policy, though Google has denied this. It quoted the statistical differences between men and women and suggested they might explain why fewer women become software engineers.

Pichai said it was very important that more women and girls had the opportunity to "learn how to participate in technology, and code, create, and innovate". Google, on the other hand, has denied all the allegations made against the company and commented that a sample of 60 employees can not make strong allegations against the company which is employing thousands of employees in different locations.

Damore also laments the fact that it has become risky to challenge the progressive orthodoxy within Google.

Damore had said that left-leaning prejudices at Google had shaped a "politically correct monoculture" at the company that muffled honest and open discussions about gender and race.

So how did Google react?

Damore later claimed that he had been fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes".

Danielle Brown, Google's new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity and Governance, also issued a statement to Google employees in response to the viral memo. "Gizmodo" obtained a full copy of the 10 page manifesto that can be found here.

"In our interview, it's all individual right now and it's only how well you work by yourself and we never really measure how good someone is on a team".

Nearly everyone who has condemned Damore misunderstood what he said.

The numbers are stark: At Google, 69 percent of workers are men, 31 percent are women. To illustrate this distinction, take height. They also clarified that women are intentionally promoted or hired to those positions and levels in the organization were in the pay is less even after they had equal qualification, experience, and expertise that of men. Among these men, a lot of them are white and Asian. "I chose to create the document to clarify my thoughts". But he didn't belabour it enough, because 99 per cent of those who've condemned the memo ignore these careful caveats. "And then they just think, 'OK, it offends people, therefore it's wrong and there it's an opinion". As psychology professor Geoffrey Miller says, the memo's "key claims about sex differences are well-supported by large volumes of research across species, cultures and history". And if you feel put upon, it's because you can't be bothered to put yourself in another person's shoes for half a minute and try to understand what being put upon actually looks like.