Over the weekend, an anti-diversity manifesto written by a Google employee went viral both within the company and outside of it, drawing harsh criticism from both present and former Googlers. But some agreed with the document, and alongside muted agreement from pockets within the company, the author seems to have found louder supporters in a more familiar place: the online right.
The author’s name first surfaced in right-wing blogs early this morning. (The Verge has decided not to publish the employee’s name; Recode reported he has been the subject of online threats.) The person identified by those blogs is a Google employee, and sources within the company indicate that his name is included on the circulated manifesto.
The Verge has not been able to contact the employee directly, despite multiple attempts. Google has not yet responded to a request for comment or confirmation of the employee’s name and title.
But as executives within Google have rushed to criticize the document, a number of online outlets have come to the author’s defense, often praising him by name. One outlet described him as “the only set of balls left” at the company, while another said he deserved a bonus for calling attention to the situation.
Novelist and anti-feminist pundit Vox Day has also applauded the manifesto as a corrective to social justice culture at Google, describing the company’s relatively muted response as “reasonable.”
On 4chan’s /pol/ board, one user summarized the situation by adopting the language of Men’s Rights, describing the author as a “red-pilled” programmer “complaining about the blue-pills in the company.”
An image circulating on Twitter photoshopped the author into a modern-day Martin Luther, nailing up his comments in the public square.
The original posting of the manifesto has been taken down, although it remained live as recently as Saturday afternoon.
It’s not the first time a pushback against the tech industry’s focus on diversity has spilled over into the broader right-wing. In September 2013, Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson was forced to resign after a string of racist and anti-feminist tweets, which many believed put the company at risk of anti-discrimination lawsuits. In the wake of that firing, Dickinson joined with right-wing blogger Chuck Johnson to build information bounty service WeSearchr, before falling out with Johnson. Dickinson was banned from Twitter in 2016 alongside a number of alt-right and white nationalist accounts; he has yet to return to the platform.
It still remains to be seen what will happen to the manifesto author. Google’s vice president of diversity, Danielle Brown, sent out a mass email condemning the document on Saturday, saying it “advanced incorrect assumptions about gender.”