A sportswriter’s racist tweet shows why efforts to fix the internet are doomed to fail
WGBH - 05/31/2017
The award-winning Denver Post columnist was reflecting on Takuma Sato’s victory on Sunday in the Indianapolis 500. Frei’s father had served in World War II. What better way to express his patriotic sentiments than by indulging in some red-white-and-blue-blooded racism? “Nothing specifically personal,” Frei tweeted, “but I am very uncomfortable with a Japanese driver winning the Indianapolis 500 during Memorial Day weekend.”
As Timothy Burke reports at Deadspin, the tweet is now gone, as is Frei’s job. And once again we are left to ponder the state of civil — and uncivil — discourse in the age of the internet.