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A Google employee has come under fire for releasing a ten-page-long document on why diversity in the workplace is dangerous.
In it, the author outlines how men and women differ biologically — and how the company’s diversity efforts should be examined in regards to its “costs and benefits”.
They argue that women are more people-oriented, anxiety-prone and less ambitious, and conclude that the workplace should not be made more comfortable for them because male employees would suffer.
The document also claims that there are notable IQ differences between different groups of people — but whether the author meant race or sex is unclear, as no sources to the claim were provided.
Though the document supports arguments that have lead to many horrific historic events, the author goes to pains to reiterate that they do believe in diversity — just not the diversity Google wants.
“I strongly believe in gender and racial diversity, and I think we should strive for more,” they wrote. “However, to achieve a more equal gender and race representation, Google has created several discriminatory practices.”
These include hiring practices that “lower the bar for ‘diversity’ candidates”, and “programs, mentoring, and classes only for people with a certain gender or race”.
Google has always been publicly invested in opening up its workforce, and releases annual reports on its employee demographics. In an internal email, VP of Diversity, Integrity & Governance Danielle Brown wrote that the company remained committed to diversity.
She also asserted that viral documents weren’t the way to get Google to change its position.
“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,” she wrote, according to Gizmodo.
“But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws.”
The memo was unsurprisingly polarizing on Twitter, where many condemned and praised the author.
Google Manifesto is every financially secure, smart, smiling white dude at parties/workp who thinks not making racist jokes is “censorship”
— Tauriq Moosa (@tauriqmoosa) August 6, 2017
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) August 7, 2017
“Let’s fire women for being female”
“Seems reasonable, let’s hear him out”
“Or maybe fire misogynists for being misogynists?”
— Laura Shortridge (@DiscordianKitty) August 7, 2017
The Google memo, that Taleb fool & AN Wilson all trumpeting their deep lack of understanding of biology like a trinity of stentorian arses.
— Dr Adam Rutherford (@AdamRutherford) August 6, 2017
And one compared the debacle to the husband who recently went viral for loving his “curvy” wife.
Waiting for the plot twist where we find out that the Google diversity guy is also the curvy wife guy.
— John Schwartz (@jswatz) August 6, 2017