[WikiEN-l] blocked for a week for these edits

Philip Welch wikipedia at philwelch.net
Sat May 20 13:54:09 UTC 2006

On 5/20/06, Sarah <slimvirgin at gmail.com> wrote:
> I agree that it's a matter of editorial common sense. If the ethnicity
> is relevant to the person's notability, it's fine to mention it in the
> intro. If it's harmless, ditto. But if it's irrelevant and arguably
> racist, anti-Semitic, or Islamophobic, then it's important not to
> mention it with unseemly haste. We shouldn't have articles starting
> with: "John Doe is a British Muslim convicted of child rape," or "Jane
> Doe is an Afro-American who murdered all four of her husbands."
> There's no harm in mentioning ethnic background in the bio section,
> but it shouldn't be used as a stick to beat people with (or to beat
> their ethnicity with).
"John Allen Muhammad (born John Allen Williams on December 31, 1960)  
is an American serial killer. Together with his younger partner Lee  
Boyd Malvo, he carried out the Beltway sniper attacks in an apparent  
attempt to extort $10 million dollars during his shooting spree."

Not "John Allen Muhammed is a Muslim African-American serial killer".

"Lee Boyd Malvo (alias John Lee Malvo or Malik Malvo) (born February  
18, 1985), along with John Allen Muhammad, was arrested on October  
24, 2002 in connection with the Beltway sniper attacks. A jury  
convicted Malvo of capital murder on December 18, 2003, and  
recommended a sentence of life imprisonment without parole on  
December 23, 2003,"

Race again not mentioned

Philip L. Welch

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