So on election night, a large amount of racist tweets popped up as people realized President Obama was headed towards a second term. Jezebel posted a collection of some of the worse ones the next day (http://jezebel.com/5958490/twitter-racists-react-to-that-nigger-getting-reelected/gallery/1).
They then proceeded to look into those posted by teenagers who used their actual names as their twitter handles and their school’s policies on student conduct, and contact the schools of the kids. They write about the results of each, and some of the students have since deleted their twitter accounts.
Personally, I think this is kind of great. Obviously, these kids were not seeing this kind of behavior discouraged at home, so it’s kind of good that they might face some real consequences to their actions and learn before they head off into the real world that expressing their horrible opinions in a public forum under their own names has consequences.
The only argument I saw against this in the Jezebel comments was about free speech. This is where I disagree. Free speech doesn’t mean you get to say whatever you want without consequences. It means you can say what you want, but other people can say you’re a terrible human for saying that. Or they can say, “I don’t want to hire someone who harbors these racist opinions and worldviews.” I’m tired of people thinking they can say whatever they want to whoever they want without any backlash or consequences because of their misguided interpretation of free speech.
What do you guys think? Good action on Jezebel’s part, or intrusive and wrong?