How to discuss racial issues without violating the community rules

How to discuss racial issues without violating the community rules

[Ed. note: More like how not to discuss racial issues]

When moderating comments on racial issues, we strive to balance our desire to allow people to discuss important problems in their communities with the equally strong desire to not give people a platform to promote hate or inflame racial tensions.

This is a difficult balance to achieve, and it requires a lot of communication with commenters to define the boundaries.

As with other hot button topics like abortion and same-sex marriage, we tend to see the same problems occur repeatedly in the comments. I’m outlining them here to serve as a reference on future stories.

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1. Overt racism. This should go without saying, but racial epithets are never allowed on MLive. You won’t get around the rule with subtle versions, either. We don’t see this often, fortunately, but any user who posts epithets about any race is immediately banned. It’s a one-strike violation.

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