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Gleb Skibitsky

How changing master to main legitimize the movement agains racism when there is not racism in the usage of master term?

"Master-slave" terminology refers slavery for sure, however that isn't the case with master branch.

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Jesse Houwing

The term came from bitkeeper, they used the term master/slave, see also:

mail.gnome.org/archives/desktop-de...

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Jesse Houwing

The word "master" has many meanings and the slavery one isn't the first that comes to mind regardless of the skin color.

To you. to many others.

But to many other people when you say master, they say slave.

And yes, naming is hard. Renaming is sometimes harder. But it may be the right thing to do. And remember, nobody is forcing you to. This is happening by choice, not by a malevolent master. You can choose not to participate. That's OK too.

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Simon Willison

Why?

Because they live in America, a country that still has living citizens who's grandparents were born into slavery - and who remember hearing stories of slavery from their grandparents when they were children.

I'm from the UK but I live in the USA now. Until I moved here I had never understood how recent and raw the wounds of slavery were.

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