The people whose contributions to a public Twitter conversation that I mentioned in my last blog post were offended by my opinion on themes that we touched upon. I’ve apologised over Twitter that my intention was not to be personal, negative nor offensive. I’ve read my blog post again, taken in the feedback over Twitter and from Kevin’s blog. I believe that I could have given better context by acknowledging the value of the code retreat and Kevin’s efforts in the community. Also, I could have expressed my initial tweet differently or at a different time. That it distracted Kevin from his code retreat was insensitive of me.
Events like Kevin’s code retreats, Black Girls Code, and other initiatives are important to improving our community and software development in South Africa, in general. Yet, we are still facing glaring disparities in our sector and in our country that I find difficult to ignore. My fear is if we all take defensive positions, we may never ever discuss such matters openly and respectfully. Like I said in my twitter conversation to Kevin, this is not about him and not about me too. It is about us and our future.
The fight for equality is so much tougher when we have freedom.