I don't know how to say this any more clearly. Please read back into the
thread. The issue is not the use of the word "black."
The issue is the use of "blacklist/whitelist" where black and white are
representative of evil and good respectively. It serves no useful purpose
and is better expressed as allow/deny. Blacklist and whitelist are
*themselves* obfuscatory terms. That's why it only makes more sense to stop
On Thu, Jun 25, 2020, 3:20 PM Silvia Sánchez <bhkohane(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Since when the word "black" is bad? It's a colour. Same as white, blue,
orange and pale pink.
Changing the use of two terms associated with colours doesn't make any
sense and will be confusing for everyone.
I'm absolutely against it. We don't need to obfuscate the meaning of
things or make it hard to understand to non-native English speakers.
Also, did anyone actually got offended by this term? Or is it just a case
of opening the umbrella before it rains?
On Wed, 24 Jun 2020 at 00:06, Richard Shaw <hobbes1069(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Ok, so as the writer of the article here are my thoughts...
> I'm OK with changing the term if it add clarity, but I'm against changing
> it just because it contains the name "black".
> It's a color. There are black pens, marks, crayons, etc (as far as
> reference to the color).
> Blacklisting something (or someone) has a long history of use (at least
> English) which has nothing to do with race.
> I don't see changing this particular article as a problem, but rather as
> stepping stone to a run-away issue for which there is no solution and I'm
> not in favor of "cleansing" language to appease people who can't help
> themselves from being offended even when there's no reason to be.
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