'Blacklist' blacklisted by UK police
Mon, 07 May 2012 11:34a.m.
UK police have banned their IT staff from using the terms 'blacklist' and 'whitelist', over fears the words could be construed as racist.
According to UK paper The Sun, in an email to staff Scotland Yard security services chief Brian Douglas wrote: “IB (Information Board) are uncomfortable with the use of the term Whitelist (and I presume Blacklist). I am sure we can appreciate the sensitivity around the use of such terminology today so please ensure it is no longer used.”
Instead, staff have been asked to use the terms 'greenlist' and 'redlist'.
An anonymous source at Scotland Yard told The Sun it was a "bizarre" decision.
“Do we really think these words are discriminatory?" they told the paper. "The truth is they’re nothing to do with race whatsoever and are very common IT terms. Banning them won’t solve any genuine problems the Met has with racism.”
Scotland Yard said it was "not a change in policy", just a "more appropriate use of language".
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7/05/2012 12:08:32 p.m.
Deeerrrr, HELLO! When will people realise that the word 'black' has no meaning unless it is in a sentence surrounded by other words? (like the word green). When I lived in a 'black' culture they called me 'white-man'. It was in no way nasty, just a description. They called each other black, or clear, or brown etc. It is the white folk that have the problem I would suggest - get over it. Thin skinned people take offence far too quickly, fragile people... Any lovely black folk agree with this white one?
7/05/2012 11:46:03 a.m.
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