Re: [Gendispatch] revised

Mallory Knodel <> Wed, 31 March 2021 13:10 UTC

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On 2/23/21 10:12 AM, Salz, Rich wrote:
>>   There seems to be a desire to have the group focus
>      (first/primarily?) on race as the single axis in which to discuss diversity
>      and inclusiveness, e.g. [1]-- and that would be very divisive and
>      destructive.
> Why do you think it would be destructive, as opposed to a first step because some think it is easier to handle?
Slight redireciton, which might change the way this conversation plays out:

This work hasn't been chartered to focus on race; we're focussing on 
racism. Racism is systemic social oppression, so it's within an 
institution like the IETF's remit to ameliorate these larger social ills 
as they play out within its community, eg as through initiatives like 
using inclusive language.

We're not talking about individuals' racial identities.


Mallory Knodel
CTO, Center for Democracy and Technology
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