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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

Journal of Ovid (2709)

Friday November 08, 2002
03:57 PM

Silence is Evil

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After the recent fiasco on a mailing list where people seemed to think that "tolerance" extends to racism, I was so fed up that I wrote an essay explaining why I feel that silence is wrong. It's only a rough draft and I don't know that I'll post it to the list; the people who need to read it probably won't. It's very "Portland" oriented and the song "Bela Lugosi is Dead" is by a band named Bauhaus that's very popular with the local Goth scene.

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  • (Gee, my previous comment today was in support of jdavidb [perl.org] 's anti-sexist statement vis-a-vis HOWTO Encourage Women in Linux. Guess I'm on a roll.)

    I'm glad the club cancelled the bands. I'm sorry to hear there are racists on your Goth list. I hope that if you post your response, they will listen to the truth behind your words.

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    -DA [coder.com]

    • Thanks for pointing me to that link. I had seen it, but hadn't read it yet. It was good stuff.

      Incidentally, I found out later that the club only cancelled one of the two bands. The band that played had members who were a bit more discreet about their racism. Douglas Pearce gave a disgusting interview where he made "banana eating" references and, while he beat around the bush quite a bit, came out and made his background clear with this quote:

      Thule, or Atlantis are much more attractive and feasible a

  • Well said (err.. typed)!

    There's one typo I spotted:

    > If you believe that racism doesn't have to violent

    (word "be" missing) but very well-written.

    This may be my own prejudice speaking, but I tend to think of bigots as an unreasoning lot, which leads me to doubt that any of them would get anything from your prose, but I do have hope for you audience: the "see no evil" crowd.

    One problem with silence is that it's infectious. If Alice (a white non-racist) hangs with a crowd of folks who avoid the whole d