As people become more comfortable with coding, they start to take abstractions for granted —
export DISTRIBUTE=True in your bash rcmight start to seem like English. We speak to eachother literally, in code (the enigma kind, not the python kind), and there is an entire lexicon surrounding the practice, enough so that newcomers can become alienated pretty quickly.
This is probably one of the most alienating feelings I had to overcome as I started computer science. It was hard to ask questions after people said, “JUST…” They might as well said “put the manabee on the doohicky.” I had no idea what they just said. But I pretended like I did, and just spent a lot of time doing searches online… which is fine, but wastes a lot of time and removes the human element. And some people just quit. We can do better.
Many of the folks reading this will be familiar with reasons why the Tone Argument is an inappropriate response to people calling out injustice. Ta-Nehisi Coates comes at it from another direction in "This Town Needs a Better Class of Racist".
Conservatives and liberals frequently wonder how it could be that unequal outcomes endure for blacks and whites, even after controlling for income or "class." That is because conservatives and liberals underestimate the achievements of white supremacy and still believe that comparisons between a "black middle class" and a "white middle class" have actual meaning.
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