The commit message is simply silly. It introduces numerous contentious and false claims that have nothing whatsoever to do with the small wording change. It misunderstands how language, culture, history, and indeed white supremacism, work.
I would recommend amending the commit message.
The underlying change itself is reasonable, and to my mind a small improvement. There was unnecessary specificity in using Strunk and White as reference, and not, say, William Zinsser's _On Writing Well_, which is almost as well known. In the concrete, it would be exceedingly rare for these to provide conflicting advice on a specific code comment.
On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 7:34 AM Richard Damon Richard@damon-family.org wrote:
On 6/29/20 6:22 AM, Nathaniel Smith wrote:
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.
I would say that say that I have seen the term "relic" being used as a 'weaponized' word to imply that the old thing WAS there intentionally as a repressive measure. I am not saying that this usage was intended to be used that way, but just as the old wording was taken as offensive to some due to implication, I can see that message as offensive to others due to implication, all because some people are easy to offend.
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