The head honchos at Google didn’t waste any time firing engineer James Damore after his internal memo about the company’s intolerant liberal culture leaked and went viral. The Silicon Valley giant was cheered on by dozens of mainstream media outlets for their hardline stance on Damore’s so-called “anti-diversity screed,” which was actually nothing of the kind. And anyone who actually took the time to read the manifesto found in its pages a carefully-written, thoughtful examination of Google’s culture of intolerance. Not their intolerance for racial and gender diversity – egad, no – but their intolerance for any reasonable ideas that might conflict with their liberal ideology. For THAT, they have no tolerance at all. Which, of course, they immediately proved by giving Damore the ax.
Of course, what Google might have been afraid of…more so than the fear of inaction in the face of someone who dared to lay out some hard, conservative-leaning truths…was that there was just a little TOO much truth in Damore’s memo. That by writing the report and then inadvertently circulating it around the internet, he exposed the big lie at the heart of Google’s diversity programs. Hell, not just Google’s, either.
Because the truth is that for all the money and energy the left spends on its various diversity strategies, including quotas and education programs and affirmative action and God knows what else, very little has changed when it comes to women’s representation in the tech field. Between 1960 and today, there has been almost no percentage change in the number of women who hold careers in computing and mathematics. And that’s despite a cultural explosion in the number of women going to college and an obvious explosion in the number of programs meant to steer young girls into the STEM fields. What could possibly explain the lack of progress?
We don’t know. But that was just the point of Damore’s memo. Why is it outside the bounds of rational discussion to even ask the question? Why is it automatically assumed that sexism and other patriarchal forces are to blame? Does anyone assume that there is a thick vein of anti-Semitism running through the NBA because Jews are not proportionally represented on the pro circuit? Surely not. But when it comes to issues of race and gender, the only politically-correct explanation for a “lack of diversity” is sexism and racism. This is not an intellectually honest approach to the problem.
It does not, in fact, even consider the possibility that is isn’t actually a “problem” at all.