An awful lot has been happening lately in the name of “Free Speech”. It is our most valued right and premier amendment. I found it ironic then that in light of media hysteria over protests which municipalities continue to allow to become violent, the same media has basically swept one such atrocity “under the rug”. Last week, Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, fired a VP of Engineering, Ari Balogh for writing a “Diversity Manifesto” memo challenging the company’s actual diverse makeup ideologically. The manifesto criticizes company initiatives aimed at increasing gender and racial diversity and argues that Google should instead focus on “ideological diversity”. In it he wrote, “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. This is clearly a call for INCLUSION. But not in the Bizarro P.C. world in which we currently find ourselves.
In his released statement, Pinchai claims that Balogh violated the company’s “Code of Conduct” by writing the internal memo although it wasn’t him who released it to the press, Motherboard, and Gizmodo. Releasing Internal memos to the public meanwhile IS a violation of Google’s “Code of Conduct” but none of the “Leakers” was ever reprimanded. Diversity Head, Danielle Brown, and many em- ployees pressured him publicly through twitter and in a classic, “Do as I say and not as I do” the release claims that ALL Google employees, “make an effort over the coming days to reach out to those who might have different perspectives from your own”. In a Town Hall meeting held online last Thursday, Pichai described having to cut short his family vacation to Europe and Africa to denounce the implied sexism and racism that the hiring of less qualified minority employment instead of ideological diversity is harmful to the company. This kind of freedom of speech was described as “harmful” to the company’s employees and warranted dismissal.
Maybe it is just me, but isn’t the act of firing someone with a different opinion just proving his fact of the actual lack of tolerance of ideological diversity? I understand that private companies can hire and fire “At Will” legally, but such a powerful company’s obvious bias has to make one wonder about its potential impact on the internet.
Already challenged by Conservative groups and websites as being either censored or demoted when searches are performed, this action further strengthens their complaint that Google denies. Diverse and diversity in my dictionary definition are a “Wide variety of differing things”. Apparently out in Silicon Valley, that wide variety isn’t quite as wide as they pride themselves on. So often the very ones claiming to be for something are the biggest violators of exactly the thing they push. I’m looking at you Google.