If there’s one thing you could give ex-Google engineer James Damore credit for, it’s his tenuous (and by tenuous, I mean non-existent) grasp of reality. Damore, the anti-diversity author of the classic MAN-ifesto, “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” is suing Google (a company that is 70 percent male and 61 percent white) for discrimination … against white men.
Damore was fired after an internal memo he wrote in July discussing why women are underrepresented in tech leaked to the public (to paraphrase the scientifically shaky argument: ‘It’s not discrimination! Females just aren’t biologically suited for maths!’). Now, Damore and other white men who worked at Google are fighting back against the company, saying they were fired for having conservative beliefs and speaking up about them, because, you know, revolution is the festival of the oppressed.
Here is an ACTUAL sentence from the class-action lawsuit, filed yesterday morning (bold mine):
Damore, Gudeman, and other class members were ostracized, belittled, and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males.
(There just aren’t enough SMH GIFS in the universe for that last line.)
But, all laffs aside, does Damore (an avid fan of the KKK’s Wizard-ranking system) and his rag-tag band of justice-seeking, deeply-wronged white men actually have a case? Their lawyer, Harmeet Dhillon, certainly seems to think so. She’s filed over 150 pages of screenshots and emails at Google documenting the alleged harassment of Damore and Gudeman, who claims that he faced widespread backlash at the company for supporting Trump.
“There’s a Lord of the Flies mentality there where a person can be singled out, shamed, and fired,” said Dhillon.
By the way, this short-sighted (sorry, Piggy) literary correlation is brought to you by the same lawyer currently representing Republican students who are suing UC Berkeley to allow Ann Coulter to speak there, the Republican National Committee’s committeewoman for California, and a reported Trump pick for a DOJ position just a few months ago.
Google responded by gleefully telling the press how much they “looked forward to defending against Mr. Damore’s lawsuit in court.”
And the tech giant certainly has every reason to be confident that they can prove they don’t discriminate against white men. In addition to the overwhelming percentage of white males on the Google workforce, the company is also facing a gender pay discrimination case for which they refuse to turn data over to the Labor Department, denying there’s a problem (even though the New York Times found pay disparity in 1,200 comparable salaries at Google).