Welcome to Tuesday.
I don’t want to spend another morning dedicating our attention to the former disgruntled Google employee who feels as if women are unfit for tech. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the engineer who penned the memo is James Damore. He confirmed through Bloomberg on Monday that he’d been fired from the company.
Instead of profiling his time at Google, the CEO’s response, or dissecting Damore’s pending legal action, I do want to send kudos to the many women of color who took to Twitter and various publications sharing thought-provoking reflections on Silicon Valley’s twisted bro culture. While everyone else referred to Damore’s words as “shocking” and a “wake up call,” black women responded, “Nah.”
There’s nothing new about this news.
Director of engineering at Kickstarter and diversity champion Erica Joy Baker penned a Medium post describing why she’s “disappointed but unsurprised” about the sexist manifesto. Bärí A. Williams, business operations executive at Stub Hub, wrote an essay for HuffPost titled, “The Anti-Diversity Memo Leaked Out Of Google Is Typical Tech Industry Discrimination.” And, Tiffani Ashley Bell, executive director at The Human Utility, shared a tweet worth retweeting 1,000 times. She admitted to not reading the 10-page doc because, like most women in tech, she’s already experienced the sexism and can live without the bad energy. Instead, Tiffany tweeted, “At just under 200 families helped with their water bills this year. That’s how you use tech to be useful, not writing whiny-ass manifestos.”
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