I work at Google HQ - and my coworkers are lying to each other
It’s been a year since I last posted here (or anywhere).
You guys convinced me to vote (#MAGA) in the wake of the Pulse tragedy and Google censoring auto-fill in favor of one political candidate. (Shout out Philip DeFranco.) I haven’t regretted a single thing.
This “Anti-Diversity Screed” that James published internally prompted me to log back into this account. To those who pm’d this account this week: thanks for remembering me, and no, I’m still not going to post my employee badge. See: James Damore.
Nonetheless, there’s something I want to share with this community that a lot of you might not understand:
You guys are pretty brave. Some of you, maybe, don’t care about repercussions. Some of you, maybe, are financially independent or otherwise untouchable. Some of you, perhaps, are lucky enough to live among like-minded people and laugh at the ‘cucked’ cities and states from afar. Some of you hope that your accounts are anonymous enough that CNN can’t act like the (gangster) mob by threatening to unleash the (SJW) mob upon you and ruin your careers.
But you’re all pretty brave.
James was brave. And smart. And rational. And calm. And presented a well-thought out argument against discriminating on the basis of sex.
And he got fired for wrong-think, publicly lit-up for saying things he didn’t say – things that literally went against what he said! - and internally flamed by a company VP for “advanc[ing] incorrect assumptions about gender.” Of course, nobody will say what those incorrect assumptions were, nor quote where he advanced them: because James presented a pretty strong argument, and to engage with it would be too scary.
Not all of us are that brave. (And maybe not all of us care so much about politics that we’re going to ruin our careers over it. We just vote and get back to work.)
That’s why ~a third of people internally who read James’ memo agreed with some, a lot, or most of it, and yet you can’t seem to find any of them speaking up on campus here at HQ.
These mythical, magical, wrong-thinking conservatives, the “real” unicorns of Silicon Valley, the ones who shared his memo and agreed with it…where did they go???
I know where, because I’m friends with some of them. And we talked amongst ourselves about it, argued some of the facts and went and did our own research and then re-shared that research with each other in private chats. Most of these private chats ended with us agreeing with James, in-part or in-full.
And yesterday and today at the office, I saw people who I KNOW agreed with James – seriously, I have it in writing, these are my friends – tell their coworkers what a shame it was that people shared “sexist” thoughts like those, and how they “just wanted a diverse work environment.”
They are lying with a grimace and nobody outside our chats knows. They blend right in.
And I don’t fault them for it. They just want to get paid. They just want to be able to do their jobs without being shamed, fired, and publicly eviscerated in the media.
So please try to have a little empathy for these guys. Sure, maybe we aren’t all brave martyrs for the political battles. Maybe that makes us cowards? Maybe we aren’t so invested in this stuff that we’ll ruin our careers for it.
But we will vote for it.
-a centipede undercover