> The unwillingness for a public figure to acknowledge a past mistake and fix it is the cause of a great variety of societal ills.
Okay, I'm with you so far...
> I don't believe anyone should ever pander to a culture that encourages this kind of poisonous behaviour.
...but you lose me here. We're talking about people who have certain expectations, and those expectations are, in fact, valid for their culture. These people may or may not like this aspect of their culture, but it doesn't matter -- so long as they have those expectations, then they are not worthy to participate in kernel development? Explaining to them that things work differently here is somehow "pandering" to their culture?