Charlotte’s first baby of 2012

By Jess George

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Response to “Charlotte’s first baby of the year” in the Charlotte Observer (Jan. 3):

The Observer published an article celebrating the first Charlottean born in 2012, a boy of Latino heritage named Tommy. What followed was a litany of hateful and racist comments posted on the Observer website, so profane that site administrators disabled all comments.

While I commend the Observer for removing hate speech, we can do more to curb anti-immigrant and anti-Latino sentiments. For example, we, including the Observer, need to stop using the word “illegal” when describing undocumented immigrants. It’s offensive, dehumanizing and perpetuates stereotypes and comments like those removed from the website.

By using accurate and respectful language the Observer can help reframe this issue. Then maybe we can get back to cooing over babies instead of sending them hate mail.

Jess George
Executive Director
Latin American Coalition

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