Google has placed itself in the uncomfortable, but politically correct, position that there are no biological differences between human males and females.
An unidentified Google engineer has proposed that the company cease efforts to increase gender and racial diversity, which is really nothing but replacing white males with nonwhites and women.
Going further, the engineer, writing in a manifesto, suggested that Google hire on the basis of ideological diversity.
Google has denounced an engineer’s memo blaming biological differences between sexes for the lack of women in leadership roles.
Executives released a statement after the memo stoked a heated debate over treatment of women in the male-dominated Silicon Valley.
The unnamed engineer wrote a 3,000-word document – that circulated inside the company – attacking political correctness.
“Googles (sic) left bias has created a politically correct monoculture,” the engineer wrote.
“Distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we dont see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” the engineer added.
The gender debate has boiled for months following sexual harassment scandals at Uber Technologies Inc and several venture capital firms.
Google’s recently hired vice president of diversity, integrity and governance, Danielle Brown, sent a memo in response to the furore.
She said the engineer’s essay “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender.”
“Part of building an open, inclusive environment means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views, including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions,” Ms Brown wrote.
“But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws,” she added.
Google engineering vice president Aristotle Balogh also wrote an internal post criticising the employee’s memo.
He said “stereotyping and harmful assumptions” could not be allowed to play any part in the company’s culture.
The episode has sparked debate on the proper limits of free speech in corporate environments.
I first saw this story on Friday or Saturday, but wanted to let it develop to see if the senior male engineer responsible for the document would be fired. So far, he hasn’t been.
Business Insider adds:
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.
Gizmodo offers the whole document to interested readers.