This is not about the commit message. It’s way more than that. It's been going on non-stop and got increasingly worse since at least the preparation of the Python elections ~2 years ago. It is not normal what is going on here. People are scared. And it is pretty much guaranteed that this is not gonna be the last occurrence of it. On the horizon we have other language-related controversies like "whitelist" / "blacklist", renaming "master" to "main" in GIT, and who knows what else (maybe "whitespace"? or @property?). And every time that's gonna happen the motivation is gonna be about white supremacy/privilege/guilt etc. Because it's always about that, and we'll be having this discussion once again. On one hand Python gladly takes our patches and everything is smooth, on the other hand it wants us to not only accept "this" and be quiet, but also to take a stand and be an ally in the battle against the vocabulary "or else". So what's the point of contributing if the emotional distress and the risk that comes with it are so high? In the previous discussion preceding this one where one PSF member left because it all got so political, somebody posted anonymously (and gently) for fear of repercussions. The same fear has been expressed in this thread. In the other thread it has even been suggested that "being silent re. <the cause>" == "being complicit". I mean, are you serious? I explicitly avoided to comment on that because I didn't even know where to begin to explain how profoundly wrong that is on so many different levels. How irrespectful it is to ask people who just want to contribute some code here to take precise political sides or be damned if they don't. How unfair it is to do that especially towards old-time contributors. And now I even have to hope some moderator will be reasonable enough not to mark my emails as "white suprematism" (LOL) and send them through. This is just ridiculous. I've never been pro-CoC, but even if I were, this is what the enforcement part of the CoC dictates:

> Reports that are not made in good faith (such as "reverse sexism" or "reverse racism") may receive no response. even the CoC won't help. So this is why this problem is more profound than a simple commit message. It's gonna happen again and again, until everybody gets in line, shuts up or leaves due to exhaustion.

On Mon, 29 Jun 2020 at 22:28, David Mertz <> wrote:
Can we simply revise the commit message to something neutral like "Removed specific reference to Strunk and White in favor of generic urge for language clarity."

That's all the change actually was; there's no need for the other debate or broad political background.

On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 3:28 PM Rhodri James <> wrote:
On 29/06/2020 17:24, Abdur-Rahmaan Janhangeer wrote:
> Threads like these are meaningless, does not provide any learning
> value and is nowhere near the single vs double quote thread.

I'm afraid I couldn't disagree more.  Since the PSF has seen fit to make
a political statement (re Black Lives Matter, and I don't particularly
disagree with either the statement or the choice of making it), threads
like these are both inevitable and necessary.  When such statements are
made, it is generally a good idea to be reasonably sure that the
community one is representing is broadly OK with that statement.  (I
speak in vague terms because you will never get 100% agreement from
anyone on anything!)

The commit message that sparked this all was, quite unnecessarily, a
political statement.  The threads have demonstrated that it is not even
vaguely universally accepted, so it being in the PEPs repository (not
just a PR, it's there, public, and effectively representing you and me)
is a problem.  That it's still there now is pretty unacceptable in my book.

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