Systemic racism and Python - Python is popular for a reason, and it’s not good

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Cast Iron Pan

First-generation son of Antarcticano refugees
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Systemic racism and Python

Python is popular for a reason, and it’s not good

I’ve committed a sin in the community today. I lied to the various social media giants about my identity. Today I am lying about my identity. Today I am Wally Mayfield; a shield against the wrath of the people I work with.

I’ve been working in the IT world all of my adult life. During my 20 years of working in this field I’ve had to keep my mouth shut about a few things that are important to me. Today I lied because I feel like this is a story that needs to be told.

Telling my story puts me at risk from the ville underbelly of IT. A cancer has grown in this world which appears to have been missed by everyone. I’m not talking just about the systemic racism or sexism in the business; these seem to be well covered by everyone at this point.

I’m talking about a cancer at the very core of the very companies I’ve lied to. The Python programming language is at the center of this cancer.

“But we love python!” As well you should, it’s a clear, well organized, fast language. However, what you probably didn’t realize is how bad things have gotten over the years.

History
Python began its humble beginnings as most things in the open source world: a single person had an idea to make a complex thing easier to approach. Guido van Rossum started the project way back in the 1980’s. I’m sure I don’t have to point out that this is yet another privileged white male at “the head of the snake” as it were.

What sets Python apart from other programming languages is its origin in visual perfection. To quote Mr. Rossum’s own design ideas behind Python:
“Beautiful is better than ugly.”

This is the central core of my gripe with Python. Every other language in use today couldn’t give two flicks about how the code looks. You can write sloppy, unorganized Java code all day long and it’ll still compile.

But Python is different, Python requires that your code conform to a very specific standard of beauty. A standard which, as fate would have it, was created and driven by the once self-proclaimed “ Benevolent Dictator For Life.”
Lovely.

The creator of this mess, and the Python community in general have offered up their mea culpa admission to having “inappropriate” language embedded into their software. Terms like slave and master, are slowly being worked out of the language.

Popularity
Python is very popular indeed. The STEM field is littered with python code, and for good reason. I’m not trying to make the case that Python is, by its nature racist, but I do think there is a racist-adjacent problem in the community.

Whenever I’m in a meeting discussing the direction of a product, or the cause of problem, or whatever, I’m often catching myself counting the number of men in the room who are probably going to be either racist, or just assholes. It’s rarely ever a surprise when I find out that they also love their Python environment.

Most of the major companies in the Valley have a significant load of Python code to make their operations happen.
Needless to say, Python is very popular.

Conclusion
As I stated above, I’ve lied about who I am in fear of the wrath of this mostly white, mostly asshole community of probably racist people. I don’t often write blogs like this, so I apologize in advance if this comes off as choppy or unreadable.

I felt like I needed to speak my truth and hope someone is able to hear this message.

What I’ve observed in my 20 years in this business is that attitudes matter. And when I see people bending over backwards to use a programming language that puts looks over character, I really have to wonder if the people writing the code are just extending that attitude to the world around them.

A lot has been said about the social problems of white privilege as of late. But for me, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What I’ve seen is perfectly reasonable allies playing out the “looks over character” paradigm all over the world and not even knowing it.

Next time you hear about some company or person using Python, ask yourself, really get curious about their bias. Chances are very good that an evil is lurking just under the surface that they’re not even aware of.

It’s not at all surprising that the “don’t tread on me” meme is a giant snake. Honestly, when I saw my first “don’t tread on me” flag, I just assumed they were all programmers. Then when people started to shout “learn to code” I just assumed they were talking about Python, because why wouldn’t they?

Python programs you to be evil.
 

nohull

screw your ooptics, I'm ooperating
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I thought you were all about the lulz? Funny that you sperged out in Nick Fuentes' thread about me moralfagging because Nick likes speeding and playing loud music late at night while driving but you like to alog the SJW and their left-wing identity politics, makes sense, considering you are one of those A&H newsposting mongs, and thus a huge hypocrite by definition. Keep sharing articles that make you being mad at the internet.
 

wtfNeedSignUp

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So it isn't just a dindu who is completely talentless and thinks ability is a sign of evilness, plus has zero qualms being racist and mysognist, it's also a person that is literally ugly. I'd bet my cash it's a troon.
 

teriyakiburns

Nothing like waiting till the last minute, huh?
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Python's insistence on the use white space to corral and delineate black bodies of text is the true injustice facing BIPOCs in this modern ear of police brutality and enforced conformity to whiteness and racialist norms. The language deliberately enforces white segregation and denies independent spaces for black language, by defining itself entirely in terms of white occupation and colonisation to push black identifiers out and away from the root of existence, and deny their self-initialisation.
 

Aberforth

Straight A student in special ed.
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TheProdigalStunna

Fucking destruction
True & Honest Fan
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Python's insistence on the use white space to corral and delineate black bodies of text is the true injustice facing BIPOCs in this modern ear of police brutality and enforced conformity to whiteness and racialist norms. The language deliberately enforces white segregation and denies independent spaces for black language, by defining itself entirely in terms of white occupation and colonisation to push black identifiers out and away from the root of existence, and deny their self-initialisation.
I was seriously counting them bringing that up.

Tbh, Python sucks anyway. Using white space to delimit blocks triggers my autism something deep. Semicolons or bust.
 
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Harvey Danger

getting tired of this whole internet thing
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Python's insistence on the use white space to corral and delineate black bodies of text is the true injustice facing BIPOCs in this modern ear of police brutality and enforced conformity to whiteness and racialist norms. The language deliberately enforces white segregation and denies independent spaces for black language, by defining itself entirely in terms of white occupation and colonisation to push black identifiers out and away from the root of existence, and deny their self-initialisation.
De-colonize your IDE with dark mode, bigot.
 

Cast Iron Pan

First-generation son of Antarcticano refugees
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I thought you were all about the lulz? Funny that you sperged out in Nick Fuentes' thread about me moralfagging because Nick likes speeding and playing loud music late at night while driving but you like to alog the SJW and their left-wing identity politics, makes sense, considering you are one of those A&H newsposting mongs, and thus a huge hypocrite by definition. Keep sharing articles that make you being mad at the internet.
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In the really, really unlikely case this is not satire, what's the author's point exactly?
Yeah, you're right. With Microsoft vowing to remove master/slave mentions on github yesterday, I assumed that this was more along that line.
 

RejectedLynx

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I understand IT meetings are literally autism-asshole magnets (regardless of race or gender). However, I'm still trying to figure out the point of this, even if it's satire. Like, most of this was just emotional vomit.
 

Pepsi-Cola

Fuck Cumrobbery!
True & Honest Fan
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I thought you were all about the lulz? Funny that you sperged out in Nick Fuentes' thread about me moralfagging because Nick likes speeding and playing loud music late at night while driving but you like to alog the SJW and their left-wing identity politics, makes sense, considering you are one of those A&H newsposting mongs, and thus a huge hypocrite by definition. Keep sharing articles that make you being mad at the internet.
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