#rms addresses the free software community

"[...] For instance, I defended Professor Minsky on an M.I.T. mailing list after someone leaped to the conclusion that he was just guilty as Jeffrey Epstein. To my surprise, some thought my message defended Epstein. As I had stated previously, Epstein is a serial rapist, and rapists should be punished. I wish for his victims and those harmed by him to receive justice."


#rms addresses the free software community

"False accusations -- real or imaginary, against me or against others -- especially anger me. I knew Minsky only distantly, but seeing him unjustly accused made me spring to his defense. I would have done it for anyone. Police brutality makes me angry, but when the cops lie about their victims afterwards, that false accusation is the ultimate outrage for me. I condemn racism and sexism, including their systemic forms [...]."

"I've learned something from this about how to be kind to people who have been hurt. In the future, that will help me be kind to people in other situations, which is what I hope to do."


So a question for the people removing their #GNU stickers and whatnot, is your goal to actually educate & change people, bring about a more just society etc. or is it just about being able to feel morally superior?

I also expect 0 people who claimed #RMS defended Epstein to apologize, but oh well.


@MatejLach This public acknowledgement and apology does make me happy.

FSF should still judge to what degree they want him to be public figure at this time (which is his specialty), but I see no reason he couldn't work his way back to moral redemption.

@MatejLach Of course I was never victimized by him, but coming forward like this should at least be commended as a step in the right direction.

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