Ex-Google engineer's message was correct

Ex-Google engineer's message was correct

James Damore, a 2010 graduate of UIUC, has become a cause celebre, due to the firestorm his recent firing by Google has created in tech world and the media generally.

A senior software engineer, Damore's transgression was writing a thoughtful, 10-page interoffice memorandum concerning the politically correct corporate culture at Google, a memo management deemed unacceptably politically incorrect and legally unhelpful.

Its legal and financial implications for Google are twofold: It implicitly challenges the lawfulness of Google's ways of increasing race and gender employment numbers, and Google had already been under investigation by the U.S. Labor Department for possibly paying women less than men.

The underlying nub of what Damore wrote is that "left bias has created a politically correct monoculture that maintains its hold by shaming dissenters into silence. This silence removes any checks against encroaching extremist and authoritarian policies."

Unfortunately, this assessment of Google applies too broadly throughout America nowadays.

He wrote further that it is "extremist" to hold that all disparities in the representation of men and women in different jobs are "due to oppression," and that the idea that "we should discriminate to correct for this oppression" is "authoritarian."

Damore has got it quite right, and his remedy is also correct: "treat people as individuals, not as just another member of their group (or tribe)."

More generally, let us work towards eliminating from our society the insidious cancer called political correctness, which has been deeply inserted there for control by leftist elitist authoritarians.

LYNN McLINDEN

Danville