The tech industry has a hate-filled legacy of embracing terms that embolden the alt-right. Terms like “blacklist” and “whitelist,” which make PoC feel excluded.
And don’t get me started on drive designations like “master” and “slave.” Why were these terms ever used in the first place? Because everyone the tech world is filled with Nazis, that’s why.
If we are going to move forward as a people, it’s time to replace these hateful terms.
Fortunately, we’re no longer alone in this fight. The sheeple are finally starting to wake up and denounce these vicious, hateful terms.
Folks, changing names away from things like "master" and "slave" or "whitelist" and "blacklist" is about making everyone feel welcome— Ben Lesh 🧢🏋️♂️💻🎨 (@BenLesh) February 13, 2019
DOES NOT MATTER
+ Your feelings on "what the world is coming to"
+ Your "slippery slopes"
+ Your "well actually" etymologies
Easy inclusivity hacks
If you work in the tech industry, there are some easy ways you can make your systems safe and welcoming for all people.
1. Hack your computer’s BIOS and replace all references of “master” with “primary” and “slave” with “secondary”
This should only take several weeks of research and tinkering to accomplish. It will be worth it to avoid unnecessary triggers on the rare occasions where you need to access BIOS and reassign your drives.
2. Replace all of your CSS colors with hexcodes
Bigots type this:
You, on the other hand, type this:
3. Rename your “master” branches on Git to “main”
It’s 2019, and if you haven’t already done this, you’re likely beyond hope. But it’s better late than never.