Re: [Gendispatch] Diversity and Inclusiveness in the IETF

Keith Moore <moore@network-heretics.com> Sun, 28 February 2021 03:58 UTC

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From: Keith Moore <moore@network-heretics.com>
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Subject: Re: [Gendispatch] Diversity and Inclusiveness in the IETF
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On 2/27/21 10:53 PM, Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:

> The reason I am bringing up the political context directly is that is 
> the only thing that makes these proposals important. We would not be 
> making expensive changes to APIs if this was merely about offense. The 
> reason that we are getting rid of terms like 'master' and 'slave' in 
> protocol specifications is not some urge to follow some abstract left 
> wing fashion. The reason we are eliminating 'master' and 'slave' is 
> because there has been a resurgence of support for the racism and last 
> month a white supremacist carried the banner of the slaver confederacy 
> through the US capitol.

Not that I disagree entirely (and I'm as livid about the coup attempt as 
anyone), but I do think it's problematic if a global organization is 
expected to cater to conventions of US society and bend to US cultural 
baggage.

Keith