Quote from VariSami »Firstly, remember that those actions have not been demanded by anyone (with the exception of axing Invoke Prejudice for a variety of reasons) and they are just companies making symbolic gestures based on their own ideas about what would be appropriate. Remember not to equate what they elect to do with the demands of the movements which prompt such actions. It's not any kind of 'new fascism' since it's not being imposed; it's just panicked attempts to try and garner sympathy with symbolic gestures, some of which are a positive if a minor one.
Secondly, being European, I can tell that 'gypsy' is absolutely a slur for the Roma people. It's not ridiculous just because you do not understand the reasoning. Some of those choices are arguable, for sure. But with Cleanse, for example, it's not just about 'destroy all black creatures' but also that in the context of the name of the card. You may have heard of something called 'ethnic cleansing'.
Quote from VariSami »Imagine, if you will, that Mass Calcify was instead called 'Purge'. Yes, it is a generic term in a vacuum but once you imagine playing it and stating 'I use Purge to destroy all non-white creatures', I should hope the thought makes you at least a little uncomfortable. If not, imagine being a person of colour when some edgelord or even just white person you don't know does that in your table.
Quote from VariSami »That imbalance is a decent reason to play it safe and avoid the term - whether there are also other uses for it or not since in the context of card names, people are only going to see the word and not the totality of the possible nuanced differences in its usage.
Quote from VariSami »I was mostly addressing Phitt with the example, though I will admit I made the assumption based on their rhetoric that they would be unlikely to be a Person of Colour.