Skip to comments.Soledad O’Brien lectures ‘naive’ journalists ‘thug’ is the new ‘n-word’ – you can’t use it
Posted on 05/04/2015 11:58:35 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
Controversy over the use of the word thug in the wake of the Baltimore riots continued Sunday with former CNN host Soledad OBrien weighing in to claim the word has racial overtones.
I cant think of a situation where theres ever been a headline or someone has called a white young person whos in the middle of a violent protest, demonstration, whatever, a thug, she told guest host Frank Sesno on Reliable Sources. We use it all the time when were talking about people in the inner city.
Sesno pointed out that no racial connotation s given in the dictionary definition of the word and that the word was also used by President Obama and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Doesnt necessarily mean that they dont have a specific agenda in how theyre using it, she said. Richard Sherman who plays for the Seattle Seahawks, he really said like, listen its the new n-word, and I think thats true.
She added that the word thug doesnt accurately describe events.
I think theres violent protesters, I think theres peaceful protesters, I think theres drunk protesters, I think theres angry protesters. I think when you look specifically about how the word riot is used, and the word thug is used, its always used around people of color, specifically in an inner-city context, she said.
I can only comment on how I think journalists should think about a word that actually doesnt have a lot of nuance and isnt specific, but somehow seems to be used a lot when youre talking about African-Americans.
OBrien repeated her comments on Twitter and was met with both support and opposition.
Hip Hop "artistes" rapping about how thugs be rolling in their Six Fo Impalas. Dr. Dre has one similar to mine, from time to time Black people poke fun a me for that. Seriously,, what should we call these THUGS? Maryland Mischeif Makers? A couple of years ago when riots broke out in Vancouver, BC after the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup playoffs, nobody had a problem when the mostly White mob was rightfully referred to as thugs. More lib hypocrisy.
Crawdad wants to control our language? What a thug.
Soledad, no one is paying much attention to what you say. Your gravitas rating is not that much above Cher, the writer Steven King, and other celebrities.
Don’t use the word thug. Never use THUG. Anything but THUG.
They are not worthless THUGS.
or pathetic THUG excuses for human beings.
THUG is not the term to use.
rioting stealing looting THUGS is the wrong terminology.
Get the @#$ out of here.
These people NEED to come to where I live for a few hours. We’ll set them straight.
figgin rich, upper crust white liberals, or moronic, ultra sensitive minorities.
None of us would last ten minutes on CNN o
Thug / thugee
Used quite a bit in reference to gangsters in the 20s and 30s, which were typically northeastern white immigrants.
Also derived from India / Pakistan.
African-American ‘community-organizers’ have relatively recently been identified with the descriptor.
Then, call them hoodlums or ruffians. Shall we go further?
He called an Hispanic the “n-word?”
That should have been a news anchor death penalty case, should it not?
Anyway, I thought “macaca” was the new “n-word.”
its the new n-word, and I think thats true.
I wanted to go someplace with this, but I have been laughing so long at this nonsense, I have completely forgotten what I was going to post.
If I wanted to bring up the race of the thug, I’d say “black thug”. I’d use “Thug” on any individual, it’s not tied to any color.
The fact that lately all it seems in the news are black thugs is just because that is what is making news right now.
I was thugging that too.
Let’s face facts.
This kerfluffle is nothing but the grown-up version of those little shits on the playground who spontaneously make up, and call out, “rules” that guarantee they can never lose whatever game they happen to be playing.
Mark Levin correctly called it the “Totalitarian Mindset.” Even when you have the facts, they will maintain you are wrong and change the rules to win the game. The Alinsky Method is one way and shutting you up with censorship is another way.
When you’ve accurately identified, described and zeroed in on the target, the target is threatened!
Hillary’s pals have a list too, words (”coded sexism”) not to be used when speaking/writing about her.
“A group thats referring to itself as Hillary Clintons Super Volunteers has promised to track when the media uses coded sexist words such as ambitious and insincere to describe her, according to New York Times political reporter Amy Chozick.
The other forbidden words and phrases are polarizing, calculating, disingenuous, insincere, ambitious, inevitable, entitled, over-confident, secretive, will do anything to win, represents the past and out of touch......
Also, it is also now official law the left only gets to ban one word at a time. After one word is selected to be the ban de jour, all others come back into play. N*ggers, anyone?
We're not really going along with this, are we? It's so childish a tactic.
Why is she named after a prison?
I really doubt that the vast majority of thugs we’re talking about ever even heard of Saul Alinsky or his method.
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