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 Google 'Diversity Dissident' Simply Raised Inconvenient Truths

Google 'Diversity Dissident' Simply Raised Inconvenient Truths

By Rich Lowry, The New York Post


The first thing to know about the instantly infamous “anti-diversity screed” written by an anonymous Google software engineer is that it isn’t anti-diversity or a screed.

The loaded description, widely used in the press and on social media, is symptomatic of the pearl-clutching over the memo, which questions the premises and effectiveness of Google’s diversity policies.

The document was meant — before getting splashed on the Internet — as an internal conversation starter. The author posits that innate differences between the sexes may account for the disparity between men and women in the male-dominated world of high-tech.

He states repeatedly that he believes in diversity, and there’s no reason to doubt his self-description as a classical liberal. And his memo is hardly a rant. He expresses the hope that “open and honest discussion with those who disagree can highlight our blind spots and help us grow.”

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