Try as we might, we can’t find anything truly objectionable in what a now-fired Google engineer had to say about the company’s diversity efforts.
Throughout his memo, James Damore repeatedly makes a point that will be purposely lost on many journalists, because they are afraid of it: The distribution of traits within a population says nothing about the traits of any particular person.
Men, on average, may be taller than women. Systematic science tells us so. But this does not allow anyone to accuse Julie Newmar of being shorter than Mickey Rooney. Neither does it allow Ms. Newmar’s admirers to complain about the science of height distributions.
The left refuse to face reality on the issue of statistical difference between groups — they prefer political correctness. Enforcing that political correctness is what this affair is about.
The gist of his memo was not to insist on gender stereotypes but on the folly of directing people into jobs for which they are not suited purely to meet diversity goals. …
Inconveniently, Mr. Damore also points to the discriminatory nature of Google “programs, mentoring and classes only for people with a certain gender or race.”…
He insists it’s not intellectually defensible to assume all differences are the product of “oppression” and “sexism.” Guess what? Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are not stupid. They know this. Mr. Damore’s real offense is exposing a necessary hypocrisy in Google’s plan for fending off the societal attacks that began in 2014 when its workforce was revealed to be 70% male and 61% white.
Mr. Damore is an embarrassment to the company’s strategy of appeasing the diversity furies with tokenism, perfectly acceptable to Google’s critics as long as it affirms their insistence that any and all disparities arise from discrimination and victimization.
Its critics don’t really care about outcomes. They care about Google endorsing their ideological and political fixations.
This is a dispute we keep having over and over, and will until either PC is dead or PC is so powerful no one dare stick up for reality:
For all the world, this controversy is a dead ringer for the political correctness (before the term was commonplace) that descended on E.O. Wilson with his 1975 book “Sociobiology,” which made the now-undisputed claim that many human behavioral traits are shaped by evolution and passed along genetically.
Mr. Wilson was accused of every retrograde impulse, from Nazism to eugenics to a desire to keep women in the kitchen, though nothing could be further from the truth. …
Here’s where we don’t blame Google, though, for living in the world. Companies do lots of things in the service of “community relations” that amount to payola for critics. Yes, it’s an uncomfortable position for a company that prides itself on scientific rationality to be found practicing deliberate irrationality to placate politically motivated activists. But unless business gets more help from the larger culture, what can you expect?