It is no secret that white Americans often employ the word “thug” as a euphemism for black people, particularly young African American males.
As such, some people recoiled when President Obama and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake used the term during their wholesale denunciation of the rioters and looters who contaminated the spirit of the peaceful demonstrations that protested the death of Freddie Gray, 25, while in police custody.
When CNN anchor Erin Burnett tried to justify the use of the word “thug,” and tried to chastise Baltimore Councilman Earl Stokes because he refused to describe the rioters that way, a showdown occurred with Stokes shutting her down with authority. Take a look.
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