I have been reading more articles about the Satya Nadella situation for an article I’m going to write about Maria Klawe. I have noticed a related issue that is important, the level of hate against Indian-American men in the comments of any article written in the last several days about Satya Nadella.
Let’s take a look at some of the comments to this CNBC interview with Satya Nadella (which was written yesterday and was primarily about Microsoft and cloud technology, not Nadella’s comments about asking for raises):
Did he tell all the women in the audience to STFU?
He is from India. Do you know how men treat women in India. They beat them!!!
He is from India. Men in India treat women like dirt. He thought that he was going to get cheers from all the men for trying to institute the Indian culture and their hatred for women, here. It is not his fault because it is in his blood to be that way.
Is this the work of trolls? No, because it is too widespread. Just look at the comments of any article with comments written in the last several days about Satya Nadella and you will find plenty of comments like those above. In particular, there’s an obsession with the idea that Indian men are all busy beating Indian women. In fact, accusations that Indian men are woman beaters aren’t limited to anonymous internet comments. People are willing to accuse Indian men of being woman beaters in articles where the authors use their real names such as this one.
Why are there such attacks on Indian & Indian-American men? Men of Indian descent are common in the tech industry and are successful not just as rank and file employees, but as executives and startup founders as well. They prove that the tech industry does not discriminate against women and minorities. Also, for practical reasons it’s not enough to just attack white men in the tech industry. Indian (and Asian) men are numerous enough in the tech industry that even if the white men were taken out, Indian and Asian men would fill the gap, not women and definitely not white women.
That is what “diversity in tech” is really all about. It’s get rid of the White, Indian, & Asian men followed by getting rid of the rest of the men when convenient plus foreign born women need not apply. If you look at the demographics of who is attacking the tech industry, they are primarily white and barring that non-foreign born minorities.
Indian men in tech committed an unforgivable sin in the eyes of feminists by being successful in the tech industry. And they did while coming from a poor third world country where they were worse off than any American women.