Still with me? That's basically the background to this post.
There was more of an uproar when Reddit fired a popular admin with no warning, which pissed off all the moderators there. It lead to several blackouts and even a change.org petition to have Pao removed. A petition which garnered over 250k signatures and did in fact lead to Ellen Pao stepping down as Reddit CEO this past Friday.
Since then every news source reporting on the story has felt the need to make it a racism and sexism issue. Ellen Pao is an Asian woman and because of this everyone is trying to spread the story that anyone who disagreed with her was a racist, or a sexist. Despite the fact many women came out and said they decry this approach. It's a very popular approach to take when the facts disagree with you and the message you're trying to spread. Ellen Pao is not some kind of martyr, or feminist icon. She was someone who was bad at her job and paid the price for it. The story the media would have you believe, that's utterly false, is that misogynistic trolls got a woman fired.
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Not everything is about sex or race. We can never move past those issues as long as people try to cling on to them too. It really bothers me that you can't criticize a non-white or female (or in Pao's case both) without people claiming sexism or racism. People are bad at their jobs. People fuck up. People commit crimes. People can be terrible people. These people can be black, white, Asian, gay, straight, men, women, whatever. They need to be called out and not get a free pass because they're a minority, or they're part of some "oppressed" group. Ellen Pao proved to be bad at her job.
She had little to no understanding of how Reddit worked and is made mistake after mistake. It had nothing to do with her gender or her race. This is to do with her being bad at her job. If she was a white man then no one would be drawing attention to the gender or race. This was neither a racism or sexism issue and the fact people are trying to make it so pissed me off so much I wrote this huge fucking rant. These people deserve to pay the price for their actions and their mistakes. In the case of Ellen Pao that lead to her losing her job as Reddit CEO.
Not everyone who was against her was some kind of racist or sexist. Not everyone who is against a black or Asian person is a racist. Not everyone who is against a woman is a sexist. People need to be held accountable for their actions regardless of race or gender. We can't move past these issues unless you stop drawing attention to them.
So stop. Treat everyone equal, even when they mess up.
If you actually read all this then thanks. Sorry it's a bit longer than usual but there was a lot of history to go through.