Re: What is wrong with you?

Date: 2017-02-27 09:25 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] mjg59
But because that invited person thinks something weird, in an unrelated subject

You mean because that person is racist

you and other judge them as thinking the same thing.

No! I have no reason at all to believe that the Lambdaconf organisers are racist. But I do have reason to believe that they helped legitimise a racist, and I think that's a bad thing. It turns out that a bunch of companies agree, which is why they pulled their sponsorship.

I find it just as "racist" not to hire someone because they are black even though they seem the best candidate as not supporting a conference cycle just because they dared invite the person deemed the more competent but thinking (in some unrelated subject and occasions) something else.

The difference here is that being black doesn't hurt other people, but being racist does. If I'm an excellent speaker but I murder three random attendees at every conference, that's a good reason not to invite me to speak!
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