Fucking pissed at white dudes in free software prioritizing exercising their free speech by showing "look, I can make jokes which affect people not like me" and then being like "free software is a movement for everyone"
Nobody has ever questioned whether *I* belong. But I've tried to bring in plenty of other people who left because they didn't feel welcome.
I believe in free software, I want it to be a movement for everyone. Most of these people would say "I do too".
SO FUCKING ACT LIKE IT.
Do you have a *right* to say whatever you want? Legally it's an important right. But should you? What you *should* do is something else entirely.
You can use that free speech in all sorts of ways. How did you choose to use it?
And are you really, really, actually an "equal opportunity offender"?
If you claim everyone should have thick skin you'd better not be blowing up at Sarah Jeong for making a few jokes about white people and then turn around and say racist or ableist or whatever shit
@cwebber Spoiler alert : They really don't want to because that would prove they're not fit for the task.
@cwebber I dig what you are saying, but those you are saying it to are doing it for shits and giggles, having perused /pol/ before, they aren’t gonna open their ears to you, so be your fantastic self and ignore those making obtuse remarks
@Wrongg Well I haven't shared the context, but these aren't even alt-right /pol/ type folks. They're old guard free software folks (many of whom even consider themselves to be on the left in other circumstances) on a private mailing list who can't see beyond their own life experiences, can't understand how their words affect people... can't understand how they're *failing to build the social movement we need*.
Maybe write about this problem in the mailing list where it is happening? I understand the need to vent, and this looks like an interesting thread, but for those people to change I think you must engage them directly 😉
@nobru I did engage them directly on the mailing list. This was a public vent, but I tried hard to speak convincingly there.
@cwebber dudes are kind of the worst wherever you go tbh, and they have a unique ability to push everyone out and then complain that they're persecuted when no one wants to join them lol.
@cwebber Fact: "Free speech" defenders often keep me away from contributing to or recommending certain free software programs. I don't and can't assume that others have the energy to fight off racism, sexism, etc. every time they need help doing something on their computer.
@cwebber After reading Zenyep Tufekci, dana boyd, and watching the German anti-nazi laws, I have doubts that humans are responsible enough for unrestricted free speech.
I'm wondering if there's a practical way to limit speech if someone keeps repeating a something that has been repeatedly disproven.
Examples: The earth is flat, anything involving crisis actors, stereotypes based on race or sex.
As a subset of 'not like them' that's new to the community, I thank you for using your position of privilege to push back
@cwebber You know what they say: As values change, young progressives gradually turn into old conservatives.
@cwebber I would say the software is for everyone. The communities behind it may not. Humans are complicated.
Sure it's no excuse but free software doesn't mean free communities, just saying.
You can always join coraline in applying CoCs to open source projects.
@cwebber Honestly, we need more FOSS people standing up for this. And I believe that's why we appreciate it, and you for saying it.
It's incredibly easy to be complicit when the wind is blowing your way anyways, if that makes sense?
@cwebber It pisses me off honestly. It seems like a theme in my life at the moment. I get so angry when people I normally respect say racist, antisemitic, homophobic and sexist stuff.