Thank you. I understand the need for tolerance in such matters since
opinions vary, and merely wished to voice my own.

If I am being oversensitive it is perhaps because I have trodden in these
waters before, and have frequently been surprised by what other people find
distasteful or offensive. I do not necessarily require my opinions to be
thought reasonable, even by other reasonable people.

Kind regards,

On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 11:22 AM Nathaniel Smith <> wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 2:31 AM Steve Holden <> wrote:
> > The commit message used, however, reveals implementation details of the
> change which are irrelevant to the stated aim, which is making the
> documentation clear and concise. Use of such language is certainly
> regrettable, since it carries with it the implication that the Python
> developer community has somehow been wilfully sanctioning "relics of white
> supremacy" up until the change was made.
> >
> > There certainly is a place in tech for politics, as I have argued many
> times, and I am sure nobody wishes to continue to use language that might
> be offensive to readers. But I would suggest that the politics can safely
> be omitted from commit messages, since they can only properly be fully
> addressed in the conversation about the PR in advance. The wording of the
> commit message has the appearance (probably specious) of wanting to rub
> former misdeeds in the face of a largely innocent community, and that is
> the principal reason I found it distasteful and unnecessary.
> I just re-read the commit message, and I think you're being
> oversensitive and imagining things that aren't there. The actual
> commit message is written in a straightforward and factual way, and
> spends special effort on *absolving* the community of this kind of
> guilt. In particular, it emphasizes that the new text is accomplishing
> "the same goal", "maintaining the original intent", and describes the
> old text as a "relic", which is another way of saying that the
> problems were only there by historical accident, rather than by anyone
> intentionally keeping it there. Merely mentioning the concept of white
> supremacy is not an attack on you or the community [1].
> -n
> [1]
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> Nathaniel J. Smith --
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