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- Oct 5, 2019
I've already started this discussion on Twitter - but because of tweet size it's not this easy there.
There are several words that are, potential, racist but still daily used.
Two words several already agree are
There's no real reason, no history why it has to be these colors/words.
Following the definition of blacklist and the fact that there's no real reason for "black" it's a conclusive guess that it's based on the people that were discriminated.
a list of people or things that are regarded as unacceptable or untrustworthy and should be excluded or avoided.
So alternative words are allowlist and filterlist. Because these are this typical words in tech and the alternatives are not only not discriminating but also more inclusive it's definitely a change worth it for me! How about you?
The next word I'm not sure about
Right now it's commonly used for releases containing recommendations and research results. Like "whitepaper: how to improve your Facebook" or similar, I bet you've seen them already.
Following it's history it's based on the whitebooks/whitepaper which was original the wording for political/diplomatic papers wrapped in a white envelope (some countries also used orange, blue or any other colored envelopes).
Again here's a guess that it's build on white supremacy because it was first used for the contract between Germany and Samoa islands.
Like already said I'm not sure about this! Do you think that this word should also be replaced? Or is it okay? One argument to replace it would also be to be more inclusive again. Research documents or similar would be clearer than whitepaper which assumes knowing exactly this word which is also not really translatable.
Do you have more words you already replaced or want to or think should be discussed?