Announcing diversity tickets for Meeting C++ 2016

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Shortly before CppCon started, I was able to offer diversity tickets for Meeting C++:

Announcing diversity tickets for Meeting C++ 2016

by Jens Weller

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This is something new for Meeting C++, I am finally able to offer diversity tickets for this years conference...

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ramey said on Sep 27, 2016 08:04 AM:

Frankly, I find this objectionable on moral grounds. Racism is bad enough without out our contributing to it

Robert Ramey
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Rob G said on Sep 27, 2016 09:01 AM:

@ramey

The counter argument has been expressed here better that I can:

https://ar.al/notes/on-false-dichotomies-and-diversity/
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Meeting C++ said on Sep 27, 2016 12:28 PM:

I do this to give people a chance to attend the conference, that other wise couldn't.
I still expect them to be part of the C++ Community.

@ramey I don't see how this "contributes to racism".
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NoSenseEtAl said on Sep 27, 2016 04:55 PM:

"I do this to give people a chance to attend the conference, that other wise couldn't."
If some sexist/racist organization is paying to bring men/whites to your conference would you accept the money?
No!
But is some sexist/racist organization is paying you to bring women/nonwhites to your conference you are happy to do it.

I hope straight white rich oppressors boycott your conference.
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ramey said on Sep 27, 2016 07:36 PM:

"I do this to give people a chance to attend the conference, that other wise couldn't.
I still expect them to be part of the C++ Community."

OK - then why not just say that. Instead you say:

"this includes, but is not limited to: people of colour, LGBTQIA+ people, women and disabled people"

This sounds pretty exclusionary to people not listed.

"I don't see how this "contributes to racism".

Because it specifies that people will be treated differently according to their racial and/or other status. This is the exact definition of racism. Presenting it in this way seems to make it acceptable and appropriate - which I don't think it is.
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Meeting C++ said on Sep 28, 2016 07:59 AM:

First, I don't get any payment for this.
I could get a lot more money out of the tickets if I sell them.
I like the discussion, and want to make sure for the future that such programs are more inclusive for our community.

@ramey: I didn't get to define this, this is from their FAQ. This is the only known organisation offering to run such programs for a conference. Maybe next year a sponsor can do this.