Google engineer’s firing fails to mollify either side


“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,…

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