The memo has caused a heated online debate with people fiercely arguing in support of James Damore or against him.
To me, the issue is not who is right or wrong, it is "Was James Damore acting in good faith, was he genuinely trying to open up a conversation or was he expressing misogynist views?"
I have read the memo and watched several interviews with him and I believe he was sincere in his motives.
If you are not familiar with the controversy and wish to form your own opinion here is some interesting reading.
Two arguments against James Damore:
- Read YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki's Response to the Controversial Google Anti-Diversity Memo
- So, about this Googler's manifesto.
- I'm An Ex-Google Woman Tech Leader And I'm Sick Of Our Approach To Diversity!
- PC Corporate Culture Is a Plague That Government Helps Spread
There is a lot of argument going on but very little constructive discussion - this is the best I could find: Ask A Female Engineer: Thoughts on the Google Memo.
So what do you make of it? Was he acting in good faith? If he was expressing misogynist views, should he have been fired? And even if he was acting in good faith, should he still have been fired?
Want to know what others think? Take a look at this poll: Poll: Google was wrong to fire engineer over diversity memo
A final thought, what is the real question we should be asking here?