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Fired Google employee says being conservative today is like being gay in the 1950s

“I was simply trying to fix the culture in many ways. And really help a lot of people who are currently marginalized at Google by pointing out these huge biases that we have in this monolithic culture where anyone with a dissenting view can’t even express themselves. Really, it’s like being gay in the 1950s. These conservatives have to stay in the closet and have to mask who they really are. And that’s a huge problem because there’s open discrimination against anyone who comes out of closet as a conservative.”— Ex-Google engineer James Damore to Business Insider, defending a sexist memo he wrote arguing women are biologically less suited for jobs in technology, and criticizing the company’s diversity hiring programs.

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