After the sad events in the USA and the Black Live Matters movement gaining popularity, the tech community are asking to remove potentially offensive language from source code, online services and global terminology. For example, some companies are trying to replace whitelist/blacklist terms with some more suitable name (like allow/disallow list). Other terms that have to be eradicated are the repositories words for the default version of a repository (master) and the fork version. A more accurate word it will be “main” (or default, primary, root…).
And the time for change is now, it’s an inflection point. According to Google data searches for George Floyd have been happening all over the world, no matter the country or city, and if you focus un US, the search interest in the word “protests” are higher than they’ve ever been in Google Trends.
This is more than a moment. It’s a movement.
Here in Avra we think that we must empathize, understand and connect with other people. It’s not only about the term, we know, but if this little change can add even a grain of sand in favor of equality, bring it on!
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