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Forced Diversity

So LessConf got a bunch of shit for having an all-white all-male speaker lineup. Other conferences in the past have gotten shit for it too.

What about this perspective:

If you decide to put on a conference and instead of choosing people you think would be great at your conference, you picked people that would represent a nice cross section of ethnic and racial diversity. That makes YOU racist. That means the color of someone’s skin or whether they have a penis or not is more important to you than what they have to say.

I’m not sure if that’s exactly how I feel, I’m still kinda sorting that out, but I think ragging on a conference for being racist/sexist by glancing at their speaker lineup is ridiculous.