Is diversity unsafe for Googlers?
The Brave New World, 1984 bizarre diversity preaching but diversity fearing Google circus continues.
Less than an hour before a Google Town Hall meeting for Google personnel on...well, you guessed it: diversity, or the consequences of firing a Google engineer whose diverse ideas deviated from the approved Google thought on diversity, boom...it was canceled.
Google chief executive Sundar Pichai's memo explaining it all is below (emphasis added).
TL;DR Sorry for the late notice but we are going to cancel today's Town Hall.
We had hoped to have a frank, open discussion today as we always do to bring us together and move forward. But our Dory questions appeared externally this afternoon, and on some websites Googlers are now being named personally. Googlers are writing in, concerned about their safety and worried they may be "outed" publicly for asking a question in the Town Hall.
In recognition of Googlers' concerns, we need to step back and create a better set of conditions for us to have the discussion. So in the coming days we will find several forums to gather and engage with Googlers, where people can feel comfortable to speak freely. We'll share details soon.
Over the past two days, I have had the chance to meet with so many people here, and I have read each of your emails carefully. The vast majority of you are very supportive of our decision. A smaller percentage of you wish we would do more. And some are worried that you cannot speak out at work freely. All of your voices and opinions matter...and I want to hear them.
In the meantime, let's not forget what unites us as a company– our desire to build great products for everyone that make a big difference in their lives. I have been in a few product discussions today and felt energized by the important things we are working on. We can, and will continue, to come together to do the very best for the people we serve.
The Googlers worried about the consequences of having "a frank, open discussion ... to bring us together" have a point. After all, the fired engineer was publicly dismissed after he was "outed," which ended his safety of a career for frankly and openly airing his concerns about the atmosphere at Google. And now he isn't together with Google.