Here’s what ClashDaily.com thinks about that… Thug, thug, thug, thug, thug, thug, thug, thug and a big, gigantic, kiss our ass!
ALEX WAGNER: …To the use of the word itself, Brittney – I mean, I think there are folks like CNN’s Erin Burnett who don’t understand why it’s offensive, and why some people are saying the ‘T’ word is the new ‘N’ word. Give us your take.
BRITTNEY COOPER, SALON CONTRIBUTOR: Sure. It’s rooted in a racialized understanding of black people. So, for instance, no one is calling the police who put this kid in a van and snapped his spine and crushed his voicebox ‘thugs’ – right? They’re only applying it to acts of violence against property – right? Acts of – and sure, acts of harassment, sure – acts of anger. But when are we going to have a language to talk about the systemic violence that white folks do in the name of anti-blackness and white supremacy in this country? We don’t have a language for that.
So this becomes a way for there to be a procession of both white people in the media who are unsympathetic; and also, the, sort of, respectable middle-class or upper-class black people who are saying, we want to maintain law and order. We want to make a distinction between us and the criminals and the thugs – the low – the lower elements of black people. We don’t want to be associated with them.