A Google engineer’s anti diversity manifesto has caused an uproar


Google
employees are up in arms after a senior engineer at the company
penned an anti-diversity manifesto that has spread through the
company like wildfire. 

The manifesto criticizes company initiatives aimed at
increasing gender and racial diversity and argues that
Google should instead focus on “ideological diversity,”
according to a report by Vice’s Motherboard
, which first
reported the news late on Friday. The 10-page treatise also
claims that biological difference between men and women are
responsible for the underrepresentation of women in the tech
industry.

“We need to stop assuming that gender gaps imply sexism,”
reads the document,
a copy of which was obtained by Gizmodo.

News of the document has sparked widespread outrage on the
internet, including by several Google employees who took to
Twitter to denounce it.  

 

 

 

 

The controversy comes at a time when Silicon Valley’s treatment
of women has been in the spotlight, following a string of
allegations of harassment and discrimination at
large companies such as Uber
and at several high-profile

venture capital firms
. Google is also embroiled in
a legal dispute with the Department of Labor
, which has
accused Google of “systemic compensation disparities” between men
and women.

At the same time, the incident comes against a backdrop of
heightened discord throughout the country as once-marginalized
views of the so-called alt-right, which decry “political
correctness,” have been amplified and championed by many
supporters of President Trump.

Indeed, the Google engineer wrote that the company must
“stop alienating conservatives.”  

“In highly progressive environments, conservatives are a minority
that feel like they need to stay in the closet to avoid open
hostility. We should empower those with different ideologies to
be able to express themselves,” the author goes on to say.

The Motherboard report did not identify the author of the
controversial document but said that it was written by a senior
software engineer and shared on an internal Google mailing
list. 

A Google spokesperson referred Business Insider to internal memos
posted by Google’s head of diverisity, Danielle Brown, as well as
to an internal post by Ari Balogh, a Google VP of engineering.

“Diversity and inclusion are a fundamental part of our
values and the culture we continue to cultivate. We are
unequivocal in our belief that diversity and inclusion are
critical to our success as a company, and we’ll continue to stand
for that and be committed to it for the long haul,” Brown wrote
in an email to Google employees in response to the
controversy.

Balogh wrote that “questioning our assumptions and sharing
different perspectives” is an important part of Google’s culture,
but said that stereotypes and harmful assumptions have no place
in such debates. 

“One of the aspects of the post that troubled me deeply was
the bias inherent in suggesting that most women, or men, feel or
act a certain way. That is stereotyping, and it is harmful,”
Balogh wrote.


 You can read the full Motherboard article here.

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