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, Steve On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 11:22 AM Nathaniel Smith <n...@pobox.com> wrote: > On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 2:31 AM Steve Holden <st...@holdenweb.com> 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 . > > -n > >  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_defensiveness > > -- > Nathaniel J. Smith -- https://vorpus.org >
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