James Damore, completed a BS in Molecular Biology, Physics, Chemistry then went on to complete a PhD in Systems Biology at Harvard but then dropped out and began working at Google, During July published his Memo on 'Improving diversity within Google' internally, Damore set out to oragnize his thoughts and criticisms in the hopes to be proven wrong, according to Damore he sent the memo to many of Google’s diversity’s programs as well as the "Google Skeptics" that aren't really all that sceptical apparently and it was leaked externally by who Damore believes to be the Google Skeptics and the world got a hold of it.
In the memo, he discussed the extreme Leftist culture at google, the extreme lengths the administration go to meet race and gender quotas and their Anti-Science attitude when it comes to evolutionary biology, psychology and critical thinking.
According to Damore, he says people with differing opinions that don't match the work culture will be shamed into silence, which at the very least James Damore proved to the world that to be absolutely a reality at Google.
According to Jordan Peterson in his interview with Damore, his memo contained "sound science " and "little bias" was actually shown in the memo but unfortunately for Damore his Superiors misrepresented his memo after it had gotten out in an attempt to discredit The Google Engineer, Danielle Brown (Google’s new Vice President of Diversity, Integrity & Governance) Vice President of the HR department in Google with a company title George Orwell would be kicking himself for not coming up with, speaks to the true depth of denial the staff at Google are willing to put themselves through in order to avoid reality.
The official reason for dismissal was that he was "perpetuating gender stereotypes" and consequently his HR Rep and Director fired him. As you can clearly read the letter sent out by Brown she felt so against what was said in this Memo that she couldn't even allow further spread of it nor could she directly address anything actually said in the memo, she instead chose to double down on google policies and pretend nothing deserving of discussion or thought was presented in the 10 page memo. Damore has been labelled "Anti-Diversity" by the media and almost all of his detractors, James wasn't even close to being anything described as Anti diversity, he just wasn't in favour of "forced" diversity, and in favour of diversity of thought.
Link to the Infamous Document :
If the time comes when we're no longer able to speak our minds it is the very day we lose our humanity, our freedoms and self-respect. James Damore felt he was losing his ability to speak, not from the position of identity like white, hetero, male etc. but from the position of one individual trying to communicate with another and not feeling heard. In James' position, I'd hope we'd all speak out if and when we felt that something was unequal, unfair or discriminatory and if we would try to see the value in what James did no matter how small or "wrong" his actions were maybe then everybody would appreciate the virtue of honesty a little more.
What should be focused on is how poorly handled this situation was by Google administration and Management for letting go a passionate employee for nothing more than trying to have an open discussion about diversity and discrimination, as crazy as this may sound James was physically threatened by fellow Google staff members due to writing his memo and as far as anyone is aware nothing was done about these threats of violence besides permanently removing Damore by dismissal.
Honest discussion is going extinct and no one will do anything about it, lying is as much self-deception as it is deception because 'the easiest person to lie to is yourself ' as true as a truism can be, people like James Damore must be held up as a positive example of one not bending to peer or social pressure that is evident and quite extreme at Google in particular and pointing out potentially illegal hiring practices that go against the very principles expressed by Google and again by Danielle Brown of; diversity, inclusion and openness.