As part of my reinvigorated mission to bring civility back into society, I am devoting the remainder of my 2015 blogs to covering the eight statements of the Civility Counts Pledge. Each week I will focus on a specific statement and how it applies to everyday situations.
Today’s pledge seems fitting given that it’s the day after the Super Bowl. “I will show respect for all people and cultures,” the first pledge states. I have to say, not many people were doing this on social media last night.
You may or may not be familiar with the Twitter account @yesyoureracist. It’s confrontational in that it retweets and “shames” Twitter users who post inflammatory, racist comments. Often the original poster deletes the offensive comment.
Last night was a field day. It honestly turned my stomach to see how many horrible tweets were sent in reference to the various NFL players. It’s 2015 and people still act like this? Inexcusable. If you don’t care for a team or a player, fine. Explain your case. Using racist slurs is not only offensive, it casts you in a very bad light. Can you imagine a potential employer reading these tweets?
These intolerant messages have no place in a civilized society.