We wake to news that Google have sacked their anti-diversity cretin. That’s funny because we wrote about Google only yesterday, for other sinister reasons. You’re supposed to think: good! Another sexist cretin in the bin. You might be right, but there is another analysis.
Google themselves are aware that they are on dodgy ground. It is hard to believe that a European worker could be sacked so easily, when their employer believes the following, taken from the CEO’s statement on the matter. Speaking at length about freedom of speech, Sundar Pichai writes:-
…much of what was in that memo is fair to debate, regardless of whether a vast majority of Googlers disagree with it.
On this we agree. It certainly is fair, but not only fair, it is vital, to debate the sources of blandness and inequality in the office. Especially the offices of the rabidly sexist, racist Silicon Valley startups. To hold such nerds and geeks up as bastions of free speech is ridiculous.
Make no mistake, this had everything to do with brand and money, and nothing to do with fighting sexist opinions. Perhaps the fool, who has been identified unofficially as one James Damore, was finally fired because he dared to reiterate and defend his views later on. Claiming that he had received “many personal messages from fellow Googlers expressing their gratitude,” he put himself in collision with Google’s head of diversity whom, we are relieved to report, is at least a woman.
What history has shown over and over is that if you react too strongly against dissent, if you punish in haste, you repent at leisure. For decades, racism has lived strongly in the rarely trodden byways of Britain. Brexit just allowed it out of the shadows. It was a pretext. That so many of us are still racist, that so many of us are still unreformed misogynists, is partly because it is no longer easy to discuss such topics in public.
Even at dinner parties, the middle classes will avoid religion, even though we have been a secular nation for the best part of 60 years. Nobody, while sober, will dare to discuss diversity. The reason is this: they have no interest in what their neighbours think. If they ever found out, they might decide they can no longer stomach them in the neighbourhood. And that would force them back into the housing market.