Some companies and organizations are changing industry-specific terms to be more inclusive in the wake of protests over institutional racism.Advertisement
The word "champion" has been abolished from official terminology in real estate, technology and even the world of elite wines as industry leaders have been called for more concerted efforts to address long-standing lingo that some have criticized as racist.
The changes in the standard industrial language of these companies come along with a moment of reckoning for other problematic symbols in entertainment, media and historical artifacts.
Some companies across technology, wine and real estate have scrubbed the word "master" from common use in response to extended institutional racism talks against Black Americans.
Last week, The Houston Chronicle reported the Houston Association of Realtors announced that they would stop using the word "master" to describe a home's largest bedroom or bathroom, and instead label them "primary bedrooms" and "primary baths."
The Chronicle reported that some builders had already stopped using the term, but there is disagreement in the industry about the term's actual ties to racist connotations.
The real estate group was just the last company to scrub the word "master" from use in an attempt to be more inclusive. Business Insider previously reported this GitHub, the world's largest platform for software developers, announced that they would remove the terms "master" and "slave" from designating versions of code.
The platform's CEO Ben Friedman said in a tweeted response to Google Chrome developer Una Kraven's June 11 claim that the changes were "a good idea" and the company was already "working on this."
It was alleged that a number of technology companies were reviewing several terms that could be considered racial. Employees at Unicorn Data Application Launch Delphix, as Business Insider's Rosalie Chan reported earlier, held a hackathon to replace "whitelist" and "blacklist" with "allowed list" and "denylist" and replace "he" and "him" pronouncements with gender neutral as "they" and "one" to introduce more inclusive terms.
A similar change was also announced in the elite world earlier this month, when the court of Champion Sommeliers, Americas, said in a statement The term "champion" will no longer be used in combination with someone's last name to signify their achievement of the organization's prestigious rank.
The announcement came after the sommelier Tahiirah Habibi posted a video on Instagram describing her experience during a certification test when an instructor instructed her to use the term "master."
"If you are in positions of power, check yourself how to use that power and who you harmed with it," Habibi wrote next to the video.
Devon Broglie, head of the Supreme Court, told the New York Times that hearing about Habibi's experience "brought so clearly and deeply into focus how hurtful our words can be, regardless of accidental."
Broglie also touched on the industry's larger problems with institutional racism and lack of diversity in an open letter, where he swore that the organization would introduce implicit bias training and expanded scholarship opportunities to support successful opportunities for "The black community and people of color to thrive as sommeliers, wineries, distributors, retailers and beverage industry leaders."
George Floyd's death in police custody sparked several weeks of protests across the United States, bringing a bill for multiple weak industries, insensitive moments of entertainment, insulting retail mascots and remaining symbols of slavery across the United States.
Removing "masters" from certain specialties may seem abstract in relation to changes in fictional characters, Food Packaging, and Confederate memorials, but other ripple effects such as Merriam-Webster's revision his entry on racism to include systemic discrimination shows that when it comes to inclusion, words matter.
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