A Facebook employee named Brian Amerige could be on his way to becoming the next James Damore. Like Damore, Amerige is fed up with working inside a cloistered Silicon Valley leftist bubble and he has penned a memo speaking out against the politically intolerant culture at the company. Unlike Damore, he has yet to be fired for his views.
While Facebook’s leftists are complaining fiercely about the internal group that Amerige has created, accusing them of being “hurtful to minorities” and other nonsense, the company’s management has, thus far, given FB’ers for Political Diversity the space they need to dissent. But now that the group has swelled to more than 100 members, they are attracting mainstream media attention. That could serve as a layer of protection for Amerige and his group…or it could lead to their speedy downfall.
The group started as a result of a memo Amerige wrote criticizing the liberal groupthink inside Facebook – an ideological echo chamber that, he says, is having a rotten effect on how the company manages its social media platform.
“We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” wrote Amerige. “We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack—often in mobs—anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology. We throw labels that end in *obe and *ist at each other, attacking each other’s character rather than their ideas. We do this so consistently that employees are afraid to say anything when they disagree with what’s around them politically.
“HR has told me that this is not a rare concern, and I’ve personally gotten over a hundred messages to that effect,” he continued. “Your colleagues are afraid because they know that they — not their ideas — will be attacked. They know that all the talk of “openness to different perspectives” does not apply to causes of ‘social justice,’ immigration, ‘diversity’, and ‘equality.’ On this issues, you can either keep quiet or sacrifice your reputation and career.”
It’s extraordinary that things inside Facebook have gotten so bad that their own employees are beginning to rise up against the ideological rigidity. Hopefully, though, Facebook’s management will listen to what Amerige and his cohorts have to say, because it could be the message that saves the company. Conservatives are sick to death of the “Masters of the Universe,” as Breitbart calls them, censoring public debate and taking sides against Trump and his supporters. They need to either call balls and strikes down the middle or admit to the world that they are just another wing of the Democratic Party.