Minutes after I posted the article “wages and discrimination” in one of Facebook groups I am a member of, comments from both native English and non-native English speakers started coming in.
As expected, they started from simple observations as they agreed and disagreed. However, it turned into something more personal and sinister (using degrading words and stuff) as comments continued piling up. Adding fuel to the fire was when comments totally uncalled for became dominant, losing the very purpose of the post – to inform the public that other teachers were just voicing their sentiments and not in any way picking up a fight or something.
But how lovely it is to see when both NES and non-NES saw their mistakes and apologized to each other right after. At the end of the heated arguments, those who were engaged in “war” (apology for my lack of term …wink) became friends. Everyone realized that we’re all in the same boat together and should not be picking on each other.
Discussions are healthy as it gives information from both sides. It can turn ugly though when personal stuff is included. I’m glad everyone accepted their mistakes and offered their meaningful apologies. Everyone is now friends.