What exactly is the benefit of throwing him in jail? This is talking about one guy's tweet. His tweet was not "threatening". A weak attempt to be funny, likely. I prefer to let ignorance be shown as it is. Why not? Let others learn and have it be their gain at the expense of some person's posting random crap about another person on the internet. Sure, have at it.
He's now on record, he'll think twice before posting racial abuse.
This sends out a warning to people that racial abuse whatever you call it will not be tolerated (I'm no law/lawyer wannabe and don't claim to know the in and outs of law) it quite frankly bores me.
On the otherhand, I can see such actions sending people to jail going down a dark and ugly path. Probably not related but switching it around
During the world cup our local council advised people not to have the union jack flags outside our homes in support for our team as it was offensive to our EU residents. Probably going off-topic with that one but it's an instance of what you deem is supporting something but can be classed as being offensive to other cultures so I can see both arguments in this thread which do have merit in their own rights.
In this case the 56 days in prison imo does have it's merits and I feel he deserved it. Though in the long term this could certainly backfire and surpress legitimate FOS and bent to something more sinister than it actually is.
Just been woken up by next door neighbours parrots so this post may not make a whole lot of sense in parts since my brain is still currently in neutral.