On Monday evening, news broke of a memo regarding Google’s Leftist bias and their perverse attempts to impose diversity quotas at the company. The memo, by an unnamed employee, drew quick fire from the management structure; on Tuesday evening, the employee, unmasked as James Damore, was fired.
There was just one problem: there was nothing wrong with the memo.
As I wrote yesterday, the memo essentially made three contentions: first, that Google had a Leftist bias which prevented them from hearing other viewpoints; second, that part of the discrepancy in employment between men and women at Google could be attributable to group differences between men and women; and third, that Google could try to make employment easier for women in general through a series of non-illegal means.
But that’s not what you’re hearing from Google and the media. Instead, you’re hearing them deliberately misrepresent the nature of the memo, cast aspersions at the author, and pretend that he said things he clearly and openly dismissed in the memo itself.
Here are a few of the things Damore didn’t say.
1. Women Are Biologically Unfit For Tech. CNN actually ran a segment today claiming that this was Damore’s suggestion. That’s patently false. In fact, Damore openly says the opposite. The media seem completely unable to comprehend the difference between the statement “women on average are different from men” and “this particular woman is different from this particular man.” That’s because they are stupid, on average. But here’s Damore, explicitly stating that women are not unqualified as individuals:
I’m not saying that all men differ from all women in the following ways or that these differences are “just.” I’m simply stating that 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. Many of these differences are small and there’s significant overlap between men and women, so you can’t say anything about an individual given these population level distributions.
He reiterates that point later in the memo:
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 even includes this chart:
2. Diversity Is Bad. Damore opens the memo by stating, “I value diversity and inclusion.” Actually, Damore offers an entire section of his memo devoted to “non-discriminatory ways to reduce the gender gap.” He suggests that Google “make software engineering more people-oriented with pair programming and more collaboration,” “allow those exhibiting cooperative behavior to thrive,” “make tech and leadership less stressful,” and “allowing and truly endorsing (as part of our culture) part time work,” as well as changing stereotypical biases about male performance. Damore states that he believes that “arbitrary social engineering of tech just to make it appealing to equal portions of both men and women” would be foolish, but if there is a goal of helping the company succeed, such measures could be worthwhile.
3. Sexism Doesn’t Exist. The memo author explicitly dismisses this notion as well. Damore writes that he is “not denying that sexism exists.” He adds:
I hope it’s clear that I'm not saying that diversity is bad, that Google or society is 100% fair, that we shouldn't try to correct for existing biases, or that minorities have the same experience of those in the majority. My larger point is that we have an intolerance for ideas and evidence that don’t fit a certain ideology.
4. The Memo Promotes Violence! This is the most extreme claim being made by Leftists about the memo. It’s a lie. In fact, one of the rationales behind the memo was to prevent the PC-led violence that has infected college campuses:
This same compassion for those seen as weak creates political correctness, which constrains discourse and is complacent to the extremely sensitive PC-authoritarians that use violence and shaming to advance their cause. 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.
The Left doesn’t like the memo, so they’re openly lying about the content. Read the whole thing yourself rather than buying those lies.