[Update: This article has been edited to focus on the broader context of Avi Agarwal’s open letter to Apple, rather than analyzing the content of the letter itself. – Bryan Chaffin, Editor-in-Chief]
Someone claiming to be an Apple intern has posted an open letter on Github. Avi Agarwhal says he has become “increasingly disenchanted” during the six months he/she has worked at the company due to Apple’s diversity efforts, and making a comparison to the complaints raised by now-fired Google intern James Damore.
The letter was posted on or around October 24 but has since been removed. What I’m linking to is the archived version from archive.org.
To put it in perspective, James Damore is an ex-Google employee who wrote a controversial memo about gender and diversity programs at Google. He argued that Google’s diversity programs were discriminatory against white males, and that Google should focus more on ideological diversity,.
Now Apple is having its James Damore moment at a time when America seems to be more politically divided than ever. Silicon Valley does tend to skew liberal, but that in and of itself can still lead to friction in the work place. And it demonstrates that issues companies like Apple are trying to improve are complex and fraught with peril.
I reached out to Apple for a comment but received none. If they do reach out to me I’ll update this article.
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