The employee’s internal memo created a storm in Silicon Valley as it implied gender and colour of skin defined whether someone was a good programmer.
Damore's 10-page rant accused Google of silencing right-wing conservative political opinions and argued that biological differences play a role in the shortage of women in tech and leadership positions.
James Damore, the Google engineer who wrote the note, confirmed his dismissal in an email, saying that he had been fired for "perpetuating gender stereotypes".
Earlier on Monday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent a note to employees that said portions of the memo "violate our Code of Conduct and cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace".
Google was under a lot of pressure to do something. It could hardly tout itself as interested in diversity while allowing a bloke to spout 19th century views about women. A few years ago such comments would be kept to one’s self, but with the election of President “grab them by the pussy” Trump, white conservative men feel that they can take a stand against evolution of the species… er political correctness.
Danielle Brown, Google's new vice president for diversity, integrity and governance, sent a statement to staff condemning Damore's views and reaffirmed the company's stance on diversity. In internal discussion boards, multiple employees said they supported firing the author, and some said they would not choose to work with him.
But the firing has become a call-to-arms for alt-right voices on the internet who are crowdfunding money for the engineer, James Damore, and are now calling for a boycott of Google.
The calls for a boycott have gained steam on Twitter, where names like Mike Cernovich, Michael Tracey, and Paul Joseph Watson have joined the chorus of people with usernames like CNNisRetarded, TheMuddyCuck, and Grammar Nawtsy in being outraged at “diversity crybullies.”
Before people in the comments say "they might have a point" [you know who you are] it is worthwhile pointing out that some of the comments included phrases like "only Jews use Google anyway" and demands that "the only women who should be allowed to work are whores." So you would not be in the best intellectually clever company. Others have ccalled for campaigns to contact Google’s advertisers, a move that has been attempted in the past by those affiliated with Gamergate, forgetting that Google does not really have advertisers in the same way.