Perhaps the most interesting part of former Google engineer James Damore’s memo on company diversity came as an addendum, after it caused an internal furor, but before he was fired.
“I’ve gotten many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude,” Damore wrote, for his 10-page memo arguing that women’s under-representation in tech was in large part biological — that women are neurotic and thus less able to deal with stress, less interested in ideas than feelings, and less driven to achieve a high status.
And then on Monday, of course, he was.
The memo has plunged Silicon Valley into yet another controversy over sexism.
Far from seeking broad dialogue, as his memo purports, Damore has aligned himself with the alt-right, a home of racism, misogyny and xenophobia.
Since the scandal broke, he’s only given interviews to two men, both Canadian, both online personalities, both on the fringe of the right.