Residents in Baltimore are upset. The death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing riots thrust the city into headlines around the world.
Thanks to Mayor Sheila Dixon, who referred to the looters as “Thugs, who only want to incite violence and destroy our city,” the term is in the spotlight. Even President Obama called the rioters “thugs who tore up the place.”
Now,a debate is raging over the term and how it is being applied to young black men. The term has been around for centuries, used in a derogatory manner. Check out this article on the history of the word “Thug.”