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Discussion on: GitHub to replace racially-loaded terms (master, slave, blacklist and whitelist)

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Ben Calder

maybe white people will realize how easy it is to change shit when we start to use our voices about it.

White people are perfectly aware of how to "change shit": we've had hundreds of years of experience doing just that; and we've used our voices and power to rig everything in our favour. That's precisely the problem.

If you don't want to pick the wrong battles then don't rob Black people of agency as you have done in this comment: they have voices and they want to be heard. White people (myself included) need to step back and listen to Black voices and act meaningfully - or better still remove the barriers that stop them acting for themselves. We should not simply muddle along making empty gestures that have no real consequence.

This clip from Kim Krayton talking about white fragility seems particularly relevant here.

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Damien Cosset

Yes. I am reflecting on the harm I have done so far. There are a lot of things that are wrong with the way I approach this issue and how I used my privilege.

You are right. And I have a lot of work to do to get better. Wish I had understood that earlier.

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Ben Calder

Well we Europeans have a long and sorry history that gave us that privilege, and our education systems are designed to preserve it; so it's inevitable that we make mistakes.
Let's see if Git can follow up the gesture with something more meaningful...