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 <njs@pobox.com> wrote:
On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 2:31 AM Steve Holden <steve@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.
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> 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] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_defensiveness

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