Slander: The Character Assassination of James Damore

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Slander: Character Assassination of James Damore

How the media is crucifying a man who committed the crime of thinking while white male.

On the surface, James Damore is a soft-spoken, timid, introverted young man. He picks his words carefully, stammers, cracking a nervous smile every now and again. This is James Damore on camera. In his writing, however, he is eloquent, factual, honest, methodological, careful and pragmatic.

James came second in a national chess tournament at 14 and became the world’s highest-ranking player in a computer strategy game in his teens. In his mid-20s, Damore was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, but he never informed Google of his autism diagnosis and refuses to use it as a cop-out. James is “fiercely resistant to portraying himself as any kind of victim.” He considers himself a a “classical liberal who strongly values individualism and reason.”

Truly, a picture of misogyny.

A Harvard university graduate, Damore joined Google in 2013. It was his phenomenal performance in coding puzzles that attracted Google headhunters. In June 2017, on a flight to China, Damore started writing “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” Also known as “the Google memo,” the document was originally shared on an internal mailing list. On August 5 2017, it was published by Gizmodo.

Here’s a few headlines from when the “controversy” initially exploded:

“Google’s sexist memo has provided the alt-right with a new martyr” — The Guardian

“The ugly, pseudoscientific history behind that sexist Google manifesto” — Salon

“Memo to all tech bros: Sexism, not biology, holds women back” — New Scientist

What in the f*ck did this guy write?

Absolutely nothing a rational person can consider controversial. Allow me to digress. Around the time the memo leaked, I was purposely avoiding any and all news stories about anything remotely reminiscent of the 2016 SJW craze. The abundant, blood-thirsty and partisan irrationality of what people call “the regressive left” had, long ago, worn me out. I was willing to wait it out. Surely, they’ll run out of steam pretty soon, I thought. Things will fall back into place and both, the extreme left and the extreme right, will calm the f*ck down.

In the words of Donald Trump: “Wrong!” These people were just warming up. I had no choice but to read the memo, and so I did. What a letdown. If this is wrongthink in the Silicon Valley, then what isn’t? What do these people find acceptable?

What do scientists think about “the controversial nature of the science Damore cited.”

Debra Soh, a sexual neuroscientist at York University in Toronto, Jordan Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Lee Jussim, a professor of social psychology at Rutgers University, Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychology professor at University of New Mexico, David P. Schmitt, former professor of psychology at Bradley University all agree on one thing:

James Damore got the science right.

A document titled “James Damore vs Google: Class Action Lawsuit” was shared on Twitter, by WikiLeaks.

Throughout the Class Periods, and in violation of California law, Google employees who expressed views deviating from the majority view at Google on political subjects raised in the workplace and relevant to Google’s employment policies and its business, such as “diversity” hiring policies, “bias sensitivity,” or “social justice,” were/are singled out, mistreated, and systematically punished and terminated from Google, in violation of their legal rights.
Google’s management goes to extreme — and illegal — lengths to encourage hiring managers to take protected categories such as race and/or gender into consideration as determinative hiring factors, to the detriment of Caucasian and male employees and potential employees at Google.
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.
Google employees and managers strongly preferred to hear the same orthodox opinions regurgitated repeatedly, producing an ideological echo chamber, a protected, distorted bubble of groupthink. When Plaintiffs challenged Google’s illegal employment practices, they were openly threatened and subjected to harassment and retaliation from Google.
Not only was the numerical presence of women celebrated at Google solely due to their gender, but the presence of Caucasians and males was mocked with “boos” during company-wide weekly meetings.
Google defined ‘diverse’ individuals as women or individuals who were not Caucasian or Asian.

This is just scratching the surface. If even half of the claims in the lawsuit are true, Google is not just an ideological echo chamber. Google is a cult. A cult which appears to be ideologically left of the likes of Marx and Lenin.

It’s not just Google that is to blame for this. Apparently, in the tech industry, diversity does not include white people. White males, in particular, are to be excluded and ostracized. Apple, for example, recently fired their diversity chief.

This is what the diversity chief said:

There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation. Diversity is the human experience. I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT.

Her name is Denise Young Smith. Yes, Apple fired a black woman in order to be more diverse.

A few days ago, James announced that he is suing Google. This resulted in a never before seen slander campaign of cataclysmic proportions. Apparently, “white male,” “conservative,” “white male conservative,” and other similar terms, have become pejoratives, weapons of the mainstream media character assassins.

To be clear, James Damore is not a conservative and he is not suing Google for discriminating against conservatives. That is not what the lawsuit is about. He is suing Google for discriminating against what they perceive to be conservative thought. Huge difference.

If James Damore wins — he loses. A white male conservative won? Down with the patriarchy! If James Damore loses — a white male conservative got what he deserves. Down with the patriarchy!

To his character assassins, James Damore has been reduced to three words: white, male, conservative. He is not a chess master, he is not an engineer, he is not a Harvard graduate, he is not a programmer, he is not an individual, he is not a human being. To them, he is nothing but a white male conservative.

A pariah.

Disclaimer: If you feel triggered or offended by this article, replace the words “white male conservative” with “liberal black woman.” What’s happening to James could have, in a different time, happened to you.

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