Please do me a favor and watch the video when it gets posted.
The tech community has major problems with empathy and inclusivity. It's too easy to just say "on the Internet it doesn't matter what gender/color/<insert label here> you are" ... but it does. It's absolutely relevant and deliberately ignoring it is not only disingenuous and lazy, it is often actively hurtful.
Sara's talk focuses on the users we write this technology for - after all, they're the ones who make sure we all have jobs - but it's just as important to consider when interacting with our peers in the industry.
The repetition of racist or bigoted speech has a desensitizing effect that causes people to accept it as legitimate and acceptable when, in fact, it is neither. Recently, people I care for and respect have begun repeating deeply offensive statements made by public figures that I never would have expected to hear from them. I find this both profoundly sad and frightening.
Please, everyone, step back and try to look at what's being said objectively before repeating it. Before making a sweeping statement about "Muslims" or "Arabs", try the same sentence substituting "Christians" or "Anglo-Saxons" as a test. Does it sound like a ridiculous or unfair generalization? Then perhaps the same is true for the original.
Not all men are rapists. Not everyone with brown skin is an illegal immigrant. Not every Christian is an intolerant zealot. Not every person who attends a Mosque is a terrorist.
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- Oregon State University Open Source LabProjects and Security Manager, 2006 - 2012
- State of OregonSystems Administrator, 1994 - 2006
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