On Sun, Jun 28, 2020, 10:19 AM Jeff Allen
Now the commit message is the thing that causes me to write. It contains a long justification for the change. It need only have said that we've decided not to enforce S&W rules. It is somewhat offensive, since it asserts as fact an opinion the community evidently does not hold universally, which is that the recommendation to use a standard form of English is "upholding relics of white supremacy".
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.