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Offline giovanasousa

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"White list" - prejudice?
« on: July 30, 2020, 07:29:07 PM »
I don't know how the expression "white list" appears in other languages, on the Advanced Settings page of Avast Adblock. In Portuguese, this sounds like ethnic-racial prejudice, as it attributes the color white (by extension, to the person with light skin), in this case, the quality of being well accepted, as opposed to the dark or black  (place of problem?).
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Re: "White list" - prejudice?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2020, 08:05:05 PM »
It is just the opposite to black list and has nothing to do with colour/race and has been in use for as long as there have been in use for some considerable time.  Whilst it is probably hundreds of years old when again it wasn't necessarily race/colour related issue debtors, etc.  But it has become more used in computer/internet related issues.

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But like converting terms to other languages it could loose its usage/meaning.

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Re: "White list" - prejudice?
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2020, 11:21:40 PM »
In English, the term is whitelist. The opposite is blacklist.
It's only racist if you perceive it as such. IMHO

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