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On people abusing the FOSS hashtag 

I'm really sad to hear people bashing or making fun of FOSS because of the poor representation it gets πŸ˜”

Especially in high school when I wasn't as articulate as I am now, people would give me a lot of shit over thinking we could be organizing society and the tools we build better.

It makes me really sad. It's not like people are lashing out at me at the moment, but it still makes me sad. πŸ˜”

On people abusing the FOSS hashtag 

@MadestMadness
The main issue is meritocracy. Meritocracy launders privilege. Second issue is colonialist standards of discourse. So there's a lot of cishet white dudes, it often looks like it's all cishet white dudes, and the actual cishet white dudes feel especially entitled to be there. And it is a tragedy. Sorry to imply that those involved should think about doing things differently

On people abusing the FOSS hashtag 

@AceNovo I don't entirely understand what you're saying, to be honest. I agree that there is a disproportionate amount of noisy white, cishet, privileged voices in representing FOSS. The rest of what you said went over my head, though. πŸ˜…

On people abusing the FOSS hashtag 

@MadestMadness
By laundered, I mean like drug money. Privilege happens. I have certain privilege from being white and being male-read in my 20s. When that gives me food security and access to education and I write code later in life, that ability is still a function of privilege, but now it looks like I earned it. That's how meritocracy launders privilege

On people abusing the FOSS hashtag 

@MadestMadness
Colonialist standards of discourse is behaving like college graduates in normative white collar job. There are standards in place that generally keep certain people from having to deal with the reality of diversity in the world. It's a safe space, but for cishet white guys, and the only displays of culture or passion allowed are for their comfort

On people abusing the FOSS hashtag 

@MadestMadness
I get where you stand and I'm in the same place in a lot of conversations about technology. I have to approach it from a place of worker autonomy. When you code, write docs, create designs, etc., you have a choice about your labor. That's good

When you interact with others, however, you don't have a right to access structural power to win arguments (and those who fight against accessibility features are assholes)

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