On Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:43:18 +0100 Rhodri James <rho...@kynesim.co.uk> wrote: > On 29/06/2020 11:31, Steve Holden wrote: > > 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. > > I don't think you are being insensitive, I too found that commit message > offensive. Personally I think equating standardised English -- > specifically Strunk and White -- with racist supremacy is itself a > racist remark which should not have been made.
>From the outside, this does seem like a reasonable position. Also, more generally, while I'm sure there are elaborate sociohistorical arguments to be made about the influence of prejudice (for example gendered or racist) on language, a Python commit message is not the place to elaborate such a theory. If this is important to you, perhaps one direction is to propose your edits to the corresponding Wikipedia page (which doesn't seem to list such criticism currently): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elements_of_Style IMHO, the fact that the "Strunk & White standard" is not known by everybody (it's certainly not by me) was enough of a reason to remove that wording and replace it with a clearer phrasing. Regards Antoine. _______________________________________________ Python-Dev mailing list -- email@example.com To unsubscribe send an email to python-dev-le...@python.org https://mail.python.org/mailman3/lists/python-dev.python.org/ Message archived at https://firstname.lastname@example.org/message/HPMY5IIYHGJUDBW4CL4VLTNHEDF2WEAU/ Code of Conduct: http://python.org/psf/codeofconduct/