Thank you. Thank you. You're totally spot-on, though I was hesitant to call it out.+Daniel Buchner
Keep the following fact in mind: Google is one of the most competitive and highly-demanded workplaces in the entire world, if not the number one. Hundreds of thousands of people apply every year.
If Google accepted every person who was qualified based on their capabilities, they would have to make their offices about fifty times bigger. The simple fact of the matter is that there are many, many, many
more qualified people than can ever get a position there.
The same is true of educational institutions, which is why affirmative action is such a big deal.
Now that we've established that Google will probably have hundreds of equally-qualified people applying for any job, you still need to address how one decides which person to pick.
Picking someone who will bring a unique perspective with new ideas, someone who will make the community a more globalized and well-rounded place, is a totally valid reason to choose a person in a racial, sexual, or economic minority.
You're calling me racist, and telling me that I'm codifying racism, but what you don't understand is that racism is already
codified in just about every aspect of society. GPA is heavily biased based on socioeconomic opportunity, which is heavily linked to race. Salary is heavily biased on both ethnicity and gender. On a macro scale, people who are white will have more opportunities, and will have to work less, than an otherwise-identical person of color. Whether or not that plays out in one person's individual experience is irrelevant because we're talking about large-scale, systemic oppression here.
By ignoring someone's race, you can only claim to be eliminating racism if every single aspect of the entire world around you
is also devoid of racism.
By saying "I'm going to take the person with the best grades," you're saying, "I'm going to take the person with the best socioeconomic standing, even though cisgendered, heterosexual, white men are privileged with having much more open access to a higher socioeconomic standing."
Ignoring racism is not going to end it. Acknowledging it, and working to end it by removing systemic privileges, is going to end it.
The difference between your argument and mine is that mine accounts for the discrimination at play in virtually all aspects of society, whereas yours assumes that if Google doesn't take race into consideration, the rest of the world will magically stop being racist and everyone will have equal opportunities for everything.