Not sure if my post belongs on this forum but I can't think of a better platform to ask Rust(?) without creating internet drama like on Reddit/HN or whatever. I'm not here for that, I want here to know the answer to my questions with an open mind.
I came to know of Rust from Reddit. Someone posted a Rust solution in r/Dailyprogrammer when that was a thing. Since then I love Rust for the technical reasons stated out in the offical page back then. The single most pivotal thing that got me hooked into Rust is how it handled errors (lack of exceptions, Result/Option with match without too much runtime overhead). Then as I used Rust more and more I came to love many other aspects of it. Enough background, I'll get to the point now.
A recent post from the The official Rust twitter page states:
Rust believes that tech is and always will be political- take some time today to invest in your community.
My question is why is Rust trying to take a political stance? Can it not be just a programming language? Politics is inherently controversial. Someone from the other aisle in the political spectrum may not share your views but it doesn't mean that the person is inherently evil, it ushers debates, discourse in socio-economic issues. That's great but there are places where these discourse only adds overhead. Take medical science for example: sure you could add political debate on pregnancy termination and the ethics of it but it adds nothing but hindrance to those who are just trying to do the job. Surgeons do not want to think about politics when the are working, I think they want to leave those political aspects at the door when they walk in to the operating theater. They want to be apolitical. They want to do their job, just like many other professionals. Does Rust (the augmented personality in twitter) not like those who are(/want to stay) apolitical? Why should I worry about these when I have to worry about BC correctness while mutating my HashSet of HashMaps in Dijkstra's algorithm?
In the lights of recent events, Rust (the twitter personality) says the following and closes down tweeting:
Now, just for the record, In real life, personally I too unequivocally stand against police brutality. Being born and raised in a third world nation and (currently) living in an English speaking country as an ESL person of color, I myself am familiar with many of the detrimental experiences as Black people do in America. However I do question why would Rust think that sharing tech knowledge is of less importance?
Not to mention, as people laid out in twitter:
- There are many more humanitarian crisis that keeps happening in other countries. Why is it that Rust (the twitter personality) blissfully ignore them? Coming from Bangladesh, I saw the brutal ethnic genocide that took place in Myanmar. The videos of low-income Muslim men, women and children being lynched, cut and shot to death were graphic. Why is it that Rust did not close down the twitter to show solidarity for the lives lost?
That was just something I saw personally very closely. I'm sure many Uighur minority in China were also raped, sent to concentration camps and brutally killed not so long ago. Why did Rust not do the same?
Is Rust only for the US citizens? Because the silence and the actions seem to imply so. My question does not mean I want to undermine the movement to stand up against systematic racial discrimination and police brutality in the US.
- Where can I find the justification of the statement that sharing tech knowledge is less important than protesting police brutality?
I guess the point of my (some might say, nonsensical) post is that I expect Rust (if it has a personality) to be more responsible. Closing down twitter doesn't hinder from tech work, doesn't hinder me as I do not have an account in that site. However:
Where do you draw the line? Why stop at twitter? Did you, (Rust) subconsciously weighed the importance of protesting such issues only enough to merely temporarily close down twitter? Isn't that very insulting? And why don't you do the same for people living in far more harsh living conditions in war torn countries where just surviving every single hour of the day is a challenge? Why don't you care as much about us?