In the past few weeks, some have restarted an age old effort to rid us of terms that have been in technology for decades. It’s being done in the name of political correctness, and eliminating ties to racial oppression. Blacklist and whitelist replacements of denylist and allowlist are a little more difficult to say, and some of the other proposed changes too. It’ll take a lot of effort to change these, and I’m not sure that it’s worth it to forget about history that we should never forget.

Amid the protests over the death of George Floyd, activists in the software community have taken the opportunity to remind people that they’re trying to do away with terminology tied to racial oppression.