Google has discovered, or revealed, that its work force is largely male, largely white, with an over-representation of Asians, disproportionately not American black, and not Hispanic. Precisely those groups associated with high IQs are most represented in its technical work force. What would you expect? Gangbangers?
Yet such is the idiocy of modern life, Google has to be seen to repent of its whiteness. By “white” we are talking about everyone from Iran, Armenia, New England, Sweden, Estonia, Quebec and Italy who are clumped together in this category.
The Atlantic reports:
According to the data, women make up 30 percent of the company’s total workforce, and 21 percent of its leadership. Only 17 percent of its technology employees are women. It’s data that the company hasn’t released before, and much more than others in the tech industry have made available.
Only two percent of the company’s total U.S. workforce is black, and three percent is Hispanic. Asians are comparatively overrepresented given their share of the U.S. population, making up 30 percent of the company’s American employees.
The gap is most acute among the company’s tech workers. Here’s the full breakdown of the company’s technology-specific workforce, which at Google mostly means engineers. The top two gender numbers are global, and the race numbers are from the U.S. only:
The motivation for releasing the numbers, according to Google human resources head Laszlo Bock, was because it’s difficult to address these issues unless they’re out in the open and backed up by facts. The release was made in the hope that Google will be able to recruit and retain “many more” women and minorities in the future.
Part of the issue is availability of candidates, and the company is focusing on education. According to the Google blog post, women earn about 18 percent of computer science degrees, and blacks and hispanics, less than 5 percent.
“We’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution,” Bock writes in the post.
“Being totally clear about the extent of the problem” of what? too many white people? Too many nerdy Asians? Too many males?
Who goes into the sciences that Google hires? Who self-selects for the career paths that Google wants? Should Sergei Brin and Larry Page, the two co-founders of Google, apologize for being Jews? Should one of them get a sex change? To ask the question is to show how absurd distributionist thinking is.
Because, according to the false thinking that is driving this story of false embarrassment, the founders of high-tech companies should themselves be ethnically and sexually representative of the average of the American population.