The nation is still recovering from last weekend when Nazis and white supremacists openly marched and attacked people in Charlottesville, VA — but the so-called “alt-right” has more in store for ordinary Americans next weekend.
A “March on Google” will take place in at least nine cities across the U.S. to protest allegedly “anti-white-male diversity policies” at the tech giant.
The protests are set to take place in cities with Google facilities, including in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The protest will also seek to strike Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA, but a permit is still in the works.
The group has tried to separate itself from the right-wing terrorism that took place in Charlottesville; but its organizer, Jack Posobiec, promotes right-wing conspiracy theories like “Pizzagate,” served in a leadership role with Citizens for Trump, helped organize the “DeploraBall,” and called the tragedy in Charlottesville “massive propaganda” for the left.
“We, the organizers of the March on Google, join the President in condemning the actions in Charlottesville on August 12th. Despite many false rumors from those seeking to discredit us we are in no way associated with any group who organized there,” the organizers said in a statement.
Yet many with the same racist, fascist views that were on display in Charlottesville seem to be excited about the March on Google. See for yourself:
— The Current Year🇰🇵 (@TheeCurrentYear) August 12, 2017
— Identitarian Youth (@Identitarian14) August 12, 2017
If you can make it to the March on Google, dox as many H1B overstayers as you can find and report them to ICE.
— Kenny Strawn (@strawn_04) August 9, 2017
— Stephen Miller 2020 (@Miller_Time2020) August 8, 2017
The March on Google was conceived after a software engineer, James Damore, was fired for an incendiary memo he distributed within the company that attacked the company’s diversity policies and attributed gender disparities in leadership to “biological causes.”
“The distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership,” Damore wrote.
He also accused the company of an implicit left bias and of going too far in addressing gender and race gaps at the company and within the industry, via promoting based on race instead of merit. Google put out its own memo in response, and Damore said he doesn’t want anyone to “hurt Google.”
Since his firing, though, Damore has become something of a far-right hero and martyr, and his name is now being used as a rallying cry for the alt-right.