Fired engineer James Damore: Google is 'almost like a cult' (GOOG)
- Author: Kyle Peterson Aug 14, 2017,
Aug 14, 2017, 0:24
In his memo, Damore slammed Google's "politically correct monoculture" and suggested women may lag behind men in top tech positions because women are less assertive and more neurotic. He presented a well-researched argument backed by some of the most respected scientific journals.
Damore went on to explain that, "Public shaming serves not only to display the virtue of those doing the shaming but also warns others that the same punishment awaits them if they don't conform", and claimed that by publishing his manifesto, he committed "heresy against the Google creed". Google took this is as a direct insult and fired the author.
The memo sparked widespread rage and heated debate among employees from various companies including Google, Uber, Yahoo, Airbnb, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon. For many, including myself, working at Google is a major part of their identity, nearly like a cult with its own leaders and saints, all believed to righteously uphold the sacred motto of "Don't be evil".
One of the world's leading philosophers, Peter Singer, believes that Google was wrong in firing Damore. Google CEO Sundar Pichai addressed the girls at the Technovation Awards Ceremony in Mountain View. "I think it is".
Quite surprisingly, Apple employees were split nearly evenly with 51 to 49 employees favouring Google's decision to fire Damore.
The code states that "each Googler to do their utmost to create a workplace culture that is free of harassment, intimidation, bias, and unlawful discrimination". Damore is dressed in a t-shirt with an altered version of the Google logo that reads "Goolag". It isn't certain this actually is Damore, but there are two signs of the account's veracity: the pictures themselves, and the fact that Duke tagged @Fired4Truth on his own Twitter account with the caption: "Not all heroes wear capes". Google's chief of diversity, Danielle Brown, has less than 2,000 followers. Volunteers are planning a march on the company offices in nine cities on August 19, according to the March on Google website.
Google has always operated an open policy that even allowed employees to question some of the policies of employees within the company. The organizers motto is "Google is an anti-free speech monopoly".