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Rolf Streefkerk

First off I appreciate you're interested in an honest discussion.

Here's the rub I have with "mandated" speech. Terms are used in a very specific context in which they operate and by neglecting or simply ignoring the context we can create meaning out of thin air. That is what's happening here and that's why I have a problem with it.

The term master in the context of Git means just as you've seen in my example and nothing more, I therefore fail to see any relation with minorities or other groups. What we have here is a question of education, once we define what the words mean there can be no confusion to what its intent is.

It's unfortunate that the creator has said that and I do not know the circumstances under which that was said. At any event, it doesn't change the fact that definitions and being precise with language avoids a lot of confusion without us having to mandate speech to avoid people getting their feelings hurt.

Your point about privilege and white males is a construct created by identity politics and race theory. Linking a color of a skin to some kind of privileged position is a massive generalization. Colors do not come into it. There are a vast number of variables that determine success in life and then there's such a thing as plain chance. Where are you born? Were your parents rich? etc. etc. These are all the parts of life that are unfair and we have to accept as something we cannot change.

We are in a free society where people should be judged based on individual actions and not by some group identity.

Finally about women's rights, again you use grouping and mass generalizations to come to quick conclusions. It's just not how the world works. You act like every man out there is out to diminish the chances of every woman. That's just not true and you know that is a fact. Again here, it's individuals that do and do not. It's not groups that do or do not. This is an important distinction.

Please understand your identity politics doesn't solve anything, it will in fact exacerbate issues we have and it will increase tensions among people because we're now being judged on our group identity.

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I wonder if Git itself will be renamed, with a similar rationale.

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