James Damore, the Google engineer who penned an anti-diversity manifesto that has shaken Silicon Valley, is seeking ‘legal remedies’ after his firing.
SAN FRANCISCO — The alt-right has an unlikely new martyr in the culture wars: A Harvard-educated engineer in the heart of Silicon Valley.
In the days since James Damore published a memo questioning Google’s efforts to create a more welcoming environment for women, African-Americans and Latinos — then was fired for what Google said was a violation of its code-of-conduct— pundits and activists in this offshoot of mainstream conservatism have embraced him.
Damore’s new Twitter handle, fired4truth, launched Tuesday and gained 66,200 followers by Sunday. The leaders of the alt-right, distinguished by their understanding of how tech platforms like Twitter, Reddit and YouTube can spread and shape ideas, and whose anti-liberal ideology includes opposition to feminism and promotion of a white “ethno state,” have voiced their support.
Alt-right organizers have announced plans for what they call a March on Google at as many as nine Google campuses in the United States next Saturday, to protest what they call Google’s “anti-free speech monopoly.”
The planned marches would come a week after a white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Va. called “Unite the Right” turned deadly when a car plowed through a group of counter-protesters, killing one person was killed and injuring 19. Two state troopers were also killed when a helicopter monitoring the protests crashed.
Ahead of the weekend violence, far-right, Internet-friendly media influencers had rallied to Damore’s cause. Tweeting about Damore, conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich suggested he was battling “the Diversity Industrial Complex.”
On Thursday Damore was photographed by Peter Duke, known for his portraits of alt-right stars such as blogger Charles Johnson, who has been involved in multiple controversial fake news stories, and Milo Yiannopoulos. Duke was dubbed the Annie Leibowitz of the movement by the New York Times.
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