"Who are those "diversity" candidates, I wonder? Gee, it's not as if, having read this memo circulated within my company, the nature of my humanity compels me to question the deservingness of my fellow coworkers who fit that profile on some level. Especially in moments of frustration with those coworkers." The problem with essentialist arguments is that they inevitably break the statistical-anecdotal line in the sand. I'm all for discussing the subject matter on the macro level. Merit-based hiring is great; I've said before in this thread I don't believe in quotas. Where diversity-based hiring applies, it should apply representatively between two candidates of equal ability. But where and how Damore chose to disseminate the memo has highly unfortunate implications.