In citing citizenship status, watch your language

The Globe Sports section Tuesday includes this headline in SportsLog: “Illegal alien killed Colts LB Jackson.” So, I suppose if the driver had been an American citizen, the headline would have read: “American citizen killed Colts LB Jackson.” Probably not.

The news item under the headline in the print edition also referred to the man being held in the suspected drunken-driving crash as an illegal alien, from Guatemala.

Every death is a tragedy. However, I don’t think that the alleged perpetrator’s citizenship status is central to this story. In a time when the president is inciting racial and ethnic hatred, and when he receives widespread support for this racism, surely the Globe should be more vigilant in how it frames the stories it publishes.

Marty Blatt