James Damore was fired from Google in August for posting a memo to a Google internal message board in which he criticized the company’s approach to diversity. The memo, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” accused the company of silencing conservative opinions in its ranks and enforcing diversity policies that Damore believes ignore essential differences between men and women. The memo stirred up internal controversy at Google and was eventually released to the public. According to Heavy, Damore was fired due to the public outcry and right-wing commentators such as Milo Yiannopoulos came to his defense, alleging that his “free speech” had been violated.
Now, perhaps because he is quickly slipping out of the public’s attention and fearing his 15-minutes of fame are about to expire, Damore has posted a poll to his Twitter account asking if maybe we can admit that titles used by the KKK, such as “Grand Wizard” are “cool.”
“The KKK is horrible and I don’t support them in any way,” Damore wrote. “But can we admit that their internal title names are cool, e.g. ‘Grand Wizard?’”
He went on to rationalize the inane question with a series of follow-up tweets, suggesting that people who criticized him for the tweet were just “moralizing the issue.”
You know you’ve moralized an issue when you can’t criticize its heroes or acknowledge any positive aspect of its villains.— James Damore (@JamesADamore) September 20, 2017
Yes, James, perhaps people are guilty of “moralizing” when it comes to someone suggesting there’s something “cool” about an organization that has engaged in racist murder and advocates genocide.
Damore then goes on to bafflingly compare the KKK to drugs and sex, implying that if we can’t just, you know, admit there are some “fun” things about the KKK then we’re just lying.
It’s like teaching your child to be responsible about drugs and sex without addressing the fact that they can be fun.— James Damore (@JamesADamore) September 20, 2017
To top it off, Damore then blames those of us who won’t join him in celebrating the “coolness” of the KKK with “pushing” people toward joining the racist organization.
If you make the actual KKK the only place where you can acknowledge the coolness of D&D terms, then you’ll just push people into the KKK.— James Damore (@JamesADamore) September 20, 2017
Yes, James, because the primary factor motivating people to join a racist organization is because they wanted to do some Dungeons & Dragons LARPing and somehow saw the Klan as their only outlet.
With his tweet celebrating the virtues of the Ku Klux Klan, I think it’s safe to say that Google made the right decision firing James Damore. Now unemployed, he likely sees an opportunity to become another right-wing internet edge lord slinging nonsense to aggrieved dopes who think the greatest possible use of “free speech” is in saying “controversial” things that pander to guys who will never get over Gamergate and think feminism and “cultural Marxism” are society’s greatest ills.
The question has moved from, "Was Google right to fire James Damore?" to "Why on earth was James Damore hired in the first place?!?!?" pic.twitter.com/kTLdycWzV4— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) September 20, 2017
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