A couple of tech terms are referred to as racist and outdated, not for the first time. A lot of people in the industry desire to change words like the master, slave, blacklist, and whitelist during the current Black Lives Matter protests all over the world.
A list of undesirable, banned, and disallowed elements like spam emails, applications, passwords, and the websites are known as blacklist which has been in suspense for many years. According to some people, the term is problematic, particularly as the whitelist characterizes all those things that are not banned and are good.
White hat and black hat, which relates to an ethical intruder or hacks for self-interest, respectively, have also faced calls to be replaced with “ethical” and “unethical”.
I refuse to use “whitelist”/“blacklist” or “master”/“slave” terminology for computers. Join me. Words matter.
— Leah Culver (@leahculver) June 6, 2020
Master and Slave being known terms between computer devotees for decades. They’re associated with the terminology of the database storage, software, trains, music recording, and many more. Python developers quit in 2018 while the Drupal’s team replaced them with “primary/replica” in 2014, CNET report. LA County interrogated contractors and suppliers to stop using “master” and “slave” on computer equipment in 2013.
According to the study by the University of Limerick, the terms such as whitelist, blacklist, and black sheep do “not speculate a racist culture only, but deliver services to legitimize and maintain it too.
Black Lives Matter protests after the death of George Floyd have once again brought these terms under the spotlight. Some thought that they are racially insensible and should be replaced while others believe that such scope would not make a difference. And the actions like donating to a cause would have a positive impact.