Google engineer’s firing fails to mollify either side
August 8, 2017
Updated: August 8, 2017 8:21pm
Google’s firing of an engineer who questioned the tech giant’s attempts at diversifying its workforce was greeted with dismay Tuesday by some who felt the company’s action did not go far enough and others who said it proves Google is hostile to conservative-leaning beliefs.
“What it is,” wrote Jonathan V. Last, an editor at the conservative Weekly Standard magazine, “is a rational case against the worst excesses of corporate identity politics and — most notably — it’s a case made from the left.”
Several diversity advocates, meanwhile, said Google’s response was weak and called on the company to do more to demonstrate its commitment to supporting women in tech and pushing an agenda that centers on diversity and inclusion of underrepresented groups.
Google has sought to find middle ground, saying that although parts of the memorandum “crossed the line” with harmful and sexist stereotypes, it contained “important topics” that merit discussion.
Several current and former Google employees who are female or people of color called that a mistake.
“We would do our colleagues,…