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  • MSNBC Panel: ‘Thug’ Is Just Like Saying ‘N-Word’

    MSNBC host Alex Wagner and her left-wing panelists likened the use of the word “thug” to the n-word on the Wednesday.

    Wagner took issue with President Obama, who she pointed out is “half-white,” “doubling down” on calling rioters in Baltimore thugs.

    “Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is a black woman, Barack Obama is half-black, half-white, but is identified as a black president, and they’re using the word thug,” Wagner said. “Now, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has since said — has apologized, but the president seems, if we’re to believe the White House press secretary, defiantly sort of doubling down on ‘this is how I describe looters and people who perpetrate violence.”

    Wagner asked Salon contributor Brittney Cooper how black community perceives Obama use of the word thug.

    Cooper replied by suggesting that the rioting was somehow a proper response to the killing of Freddie Grey by the Baltimore police, along with the previous allegation of police misconduct towards the black community.

    “I don’t like the narrative that says that this is about the violent actions of a few. My question is, where are folks supposed to put these decades and decades of rage, after being mistreated by people who were sworn to protect them,” Cooper said. “The police officers have a higher responsibility to protect people in our communities, because they have state power backing their right to use lethal force….But this – this idea that – that we’re lauding peace – right? But we’re not asking police officers – who are also called peace officers – why they don’t de-escalate situations; why they don’t keep the peace. But then, we expect citizens to deal with harassment; and then, keep the peace and to never act out.”

    “I’m not saying that violence is always productive,” she added, “but I am saying that I do respect black people as human beings, and part of what that means is understanding that rage is a legitimate and reasonable response to being mistreated repeatedly by those in power.”

    Baltimore City councilman Carl Stokes was the first to publicly condemn the use of the term “thugs” to refer to the rioters who destroyed property and parts of Baltimore an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett on Tuesday.

    “These are children who have been set aside, marginalized, who have not been engaged by us. No, we don’t have to call them thugs,” he said.

    Stokes said that Mayor Rawlings-Blake and President Obama should “just call” the rioters “niggers, not “thugs.”


    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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