Eric S. Raymond: Things You Should Know

This is a post I didn’t want to write. But I am dismayed to see such a horrible person continue to be welcomed in the Open Source community — a community which is supposed to be inclusive regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation, or sexual orientation.

Content Warning: You’re going to see some awful quotes ahead.

Eric on People of Color


“American blacks average a standard deviation lower in IQ than American whites at about 85.”
“…the average IQ of African blacks is lower still, not far above what is considered the threshold of mental retardation in the U.S.”

Eric on sexual harassment in the Open Source community


“The short version is: if you are any kind of open-source leader or senior figure who is male, do not be alone with any female, ever, at a technical conference. Try to avoid even being alone, ever, because there is a chance that a “women in tech” advocacy group is going to try to collect your scalp.”

No, Eric. You couldn’t be more wrong.

Eric on Social Responsibility

He said that too. Source

Eric on the GLBT Community


“advocates of outright pedophilia are not shunned in the homosexual-activist community”
“Pederasty, at least, remains a common behavior among modern homosexuals”

Eric on Islam


“I’ve been warning since 2002 that the West really is in a war to defend civilization against Islamic barbarians, and had better face up to that fact before the consequences of whitewashing Islam as a “religion of peace” get worse.”
“85% of Sweden’s rapes are committed by immigrants or their unassimilated first-generation offspring. Most of the rapists, like most of those immigrants, are Moslems.”

Positive Steps You Can Take

This behavior has no place in the Open Source community. None. It should not be tolerated or rewarded. Not from Eric. Not from anyone else.

If you see that Eric is speaking at a conference which you are attending, please reach out to the organizers and let them know about his history of behavior, that it is unacceptable, and that it only serves to make marginalized groups within our community feel more marginalized. This goes for any speaker who behaves this way.

Additional Reading

Final Thoughts

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of intolerance is for good people to do nothing”