Sunday, May 03, 2015



A Thug by Any Other Name

For most Americans, including President Barack Obama, the term “thug” seemed an appropriate appellation for the rioters who destroyed businesses, homes and other property in Baltimore this week.

Now liberals are crying foul. The Baltimore Sun has editorialized, “Having city leaders apply it to the high school students and others who rioted throughout Baltimore tells the offenders that they weren’t just wrong in what they did, but that they’re also worthless because of it — something too many people already believe.”

Baltimore’s mayor, after initially using the term, apologized on Twitter: “That night we saw misguided young people who need to be held accountable, but who also need support. And my comments then didn’t convey that.” Several commentators have likened the use of the term to the N-word.

But a thug by any other name remains just that. What does one call the people running into a Baltimore CVS and stripping its contents before setting it afire? Somehow “misguided young people” doesn’t quite convey the behavior or the participants.

The world watched while parts of Baltimore burned. Not just stores owned by big corporations who can rebuild — though most likely somewhere else — but mom and pop storefronts blazed throughout the night, as did a brand-new senior housing center and modest row houses that had been owned by some families for generations. To try to understand the perpetrators' motivation or to excuse their actions is a great disservice to the victims of the violence.

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great, I need to add another term to the "dog-whistle" dictionary.

Anonymous said...

Spot on analysis. It's about time we have compassion for the victims.

Anonymous said...

No genuine protest -just another excuse to riot and loot. Ghetto denizens may be disadvantaged but they do themselves no favors in the longrun by the image they give to the entire World (and its been seen across the World, and giving an equally bad image to American society in general).

Anonymous said...

... I meant "OF American society"

Anonymous said...

what a bunch of obama-holes.

Anonymous said...

This is just another aspect of white guilt - in this case, manifesting as the whole 'criminal as victim' thinking.
We cannot blame the people who rioted, looted, committed arson and wanton violence. No, we have to blame the SOCIETY that made them like this...
The sad thing is that this approach is massively patronising and belittles those who choose not to act like thugs.

Bird of Paradise said...

Obama has lots of sons who are thugs

President Not Sure said...

I know its just a technicality but Obama doesn't even have sons.. However Im sure its true that if he did have sons, they would have looked just like the dudes wearing masks and throwing molotov cocktails with his "oppressed" buddies.