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In this page, we review possibly objectionable content related to Mexicans. We have stored these tweets in a database. Many people make statements on Twitter ‘with a pinch of salt’. However, therein lies a powerful question: who gets to define what is simply a cheeky reference and what crosses the line as cemented or fomenting detrimental worldviews? A few simple questions will help the reader of the tweets figure out what to potentially report to Twitter:
- Can this person make this statement in front of the demographic mentioned?
- Is this a member of the community referenced?
- Can this person make this statement at work without an HR consult afterwards or some other kind of censure?
If the answer to any of the above mentioned is “no”, then this tweet is likely objectionable and worth passing along to Twitter.
The social media representation of communities is important. While Freedom of Speech is important too and we should not seek to prevent statements from being uttered/tweeted, we can check their propagation; a racially biased or offensive view must always be countered by a concerted rebuttal.