Dennis Prager, Real Clear Politics:
Now we have another example of the denial of moral truths. Last week, a number of leftists — black and white — announced that it is racist to label the rioters and looters in Baltimore “thugs.” Even though both the black mayor of Baltimore and the black president of the United States did so, the left-wing argument is that the term “thug” is never applied to whites, only to blacks. The T-word is, in effect, the new N-word.
Soledad O’Brien, former CNN anchor, on CNN’s “Reliable Sources”:
“I think when you examine when the word is used, it’s used to describe the actions of people of color, specifically people who are in the inner city.
“I can’t think of a situation where there’s ever been a headline or someone has called a white young person who is in the middle of a violent protest demonstration, whatever, a thug. We use it all the time when we’re talking about people in the inner city.
“Thugs” [is] a proxy, a word we use instead of the N-word.”
Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes interviewed by Erin Burnett on CNN:
Isn’t “thugs” the right word to describe the rioters and looters? CNN’s Erin Burnett asked the councilman:
He responded: “No, it’s not the right word to call our children ‘thugs.’ These are children who have been set aside, marginalized, who have not been engaged by us.”