Cherokee is an open source Web-Server and quite popular as a matter of fact.
When installing Cherokee in Fedora, you also install the above image, which is Cherokee logo. This image is considered by Fedorians as “offensive, discriminatory, or derogator”, and it doesn’t complies with the Fedora Packaging Guidelines. Therefore the package (Cherokee) will be removed as long as they don’t change logo.
Running Cherokee WebServer
To be honest I didn’t know much about the History of Cherokee Tribe, the Cherokee Nation and the American Mascot Controversy till now. Additionally, I didn’t read every comment in the corresponding bug reports to have a better opinion about this issue, simply because I don’t care about these things in such a way.
Richard Fontana in bug report #681339 (2011) says:
The package cherokee contains certain image files that I believe violate Fedora guidelines for acceptable content.
“Content should not be offensive, discriminatory, or derogatory. If you’re not sure if a piece of content is one of these things, it probably is.”
Such image files as /var/www/cherokee/images/cherokee-logo.png and any other image files incorporating the Cherokee project logo are, in my view, clearly “offensive, discriminatory, or derogatory”. They should be replaced with images that comply with Fedora content guidelines.
Andrew Barilla continues:
Sometimes images are used which are considered caricatures of a people which stereotype them which is where the concern comes from.
My concern with this issue is that it appears to be made without input from the party involved and I consider making a decision on behalf of a people to be as racist as the original content.
My wife is Osage and step-daughter also has Cherokee blood from her father so I sent a message to the Cherokee nation (http://www.cherokee.org/) to ask for their input on this.
If someone is concerned that other tribes may find this offensive than I believe the closet thing that American Indians have to a single organization we could go to would be the American Indian Movement (http://www.aimovement.org/).
According to FESCo Minutes logs
and FESCo Ticket 1230
From the 2014-03-05 FESCo meeting:
AGREED: FESCo decision reiterated. Package will be retired Monday (March 10) if not fixed. (+:7,-:0,0:0) (notting, 18:54:42)
Burn Leonardo Da Vinci Paintings!
Because I totally agree with the removal of Cherokee about the logo thing, I also have some further proposals to the Fedora Team.
- Destroy Leonardo Da Vinci paintings because they are considered sexist, and I am not even referring to religious issues.
- Expel all developers that have said offensive things to others
- Remove all applications like GNOME Videos or Games that include content that is considered offensive (and actually is!) in many countries and people
I am trying to make a point through joking, because I really can’t be serious on these things. My point is that you can’t blame the gun, but the man who is holding it. You can’t blame the Logo, but the people who created it and the people who are using it.
My personal opinion, is if you are calling something “racist” you’re also calling all the people behind it “racist”. I would expect “some” Fedorians to be more cautious, and not connect a project with politics and history. Unfortunately anti-racism campaigns and communities of any kind, is what preserve and keep the racism alive.
There isn’t any kind of racism, other than the economical racism. And that was always the case.
Even IF the decision is right, the reasoning is wrong. We can find hundreds of such reasons to request from people to change names and logos. As “Beefy Miracle” might be offensive to India, even Fedora Hat has a history behind it :)