Thug! President Obama said it, and Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings said it. But I notice that this word is exclusively applied to young Black men and women. But is it fair to characterize young people who are the effect reacting to a cause? Young Black people who are tired of being ignored and marginalized, and brutalized with impunity? What amazes me is the fact that the perpetrators in uniform who murder black men without probable cause are NEVER referred to as "thugs". But since the beginning of time Black people who have stood up and protested peacefully or otherwise have always been demonized. Sometimes by other Black people who did not agree with their methods.
This is my challenge to those in power, white, or black, If you don't agree with how people react to oppression, instead of giving them labels, GIVE THEM JUSTICE!