This is regarding what is acceptable and what is not acceptable in usual online discussion forums, or social networks. I have a specific question from what happened in another discussion forum.
In another forum, I made a comment that "It is racist to suggest that all non-English people are Chinese (or Japanese or Korean)."
The context was that, the other person said that in UTF-8 English having 1 byte per character and the only other scripts having 3 bytes per character - CJK was justified since they encode words. I pointed out that this cherry-picked example ignored scripts written by billions of people. Most scripts like Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Gujarati, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Sinhala, Thai, Lao, Tibetan, Myanmar, Georgian, Ethiopic, Cherokee, Unified Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics, Khmer, and many others, used by billions of people are having 3 bytes per code-point, and have only one phoneme per code point, unlike he mentioned.
I was immediately banned, for saying "It is racist to suggest that all non-English people are Chinese (or Japanese or Korean)."
Is it acceptable to ban someone for pointing out ethnically discriminatory (and factually wrong) statements? Each forum may have their own policies and Code of Conduct, but I am interested in the general case.
To the people who asked me where and when this happened:
- This happened in KDE forums, in 2021 May.
- The person who posted the hate message explicitly mentioned that "Even if what I said is factually incorrect, pointing out racism is not acceptable in KDE forums". Within minutes, I got logged out and a message "Your username and account are both permanently banned from KDE Forums" appeared when I tried to log back in.
For the suggested edit in title:
I had not called anyone a racist. I had said that removing support for UTF-16 is discriminatory. When he mentioned the factually incorrect reasoning, I replied him "It is racist to suggest that all non-English people are Chinese (or Japanese or Korean)."
I did not call him racist, rather I pointed out that the afore mentioned statement is racist. Well intentioned people can inadvertently make racist statements, and pointing that out helps them correct the statement. My tone was definitely humble, and I had not demanded an apology.
The difference between saying "That is an inappropriate statement" and "You are an inappropriate person" is vast, because one is constructive criticism, and the other is a personal attack - which I did not do. So, the title "Was it fair to be banned for calling another user racist?" does not suit this question, since I did not call anyone a racist.