Baltimore Councilman Carl Stokes became frustrated during an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett when the host defended Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s categorization of the teenage rioters as criminals and thugs.
The riots began as a result of the death of yet another black man in police custody, Freddie Gray.
Before he was arrested on April 12, Gray could walk, talk, and breathe. After his arrest, he could do none of those things, and suffered from spinal injuries that would later kill him — injuries he suffered while in police custody.
To conservatives, Gray deserved to die. After all, he was black. Sure, they dress it up, show us his rap sheet, etc., but you’ll never hear them say the same thing about the people at Waco or Cliven Bundy.
Hypocrisy has a color, and that color is very, very pale. And the Baltimore Councilman edged into that during his interview.
Burnett asked Stokes why ‘thug’ wasn’t “the right word,” to which Stokes replied, “No, of course it’s not the right word to call our children thugs.”
The CNN host, part of that liberal media that’s so sympathetic towards the rioters, went on to clarify her position, saying, “But how does that justify what they did? I mean that’s a sense of right and wrong. They know it’s wrong to steal and burn down a CVS and an old person’s home, I mean, come on,”
Stokes became animated, and replied, “Come on? So calling them thugs? Just call them niggers. Just call them niggers. No. We don’t have to call them by names such as that. We don’t have to do that.”
Burnett later said that she “would hope that [she] would call [her] son a thug if he did such a thing.”
“Thug” as a word has an interesting history. It starts in India, where it’s used to describe the Thuggee cult, a cult of Kali-worshipers who would infiltrate groups of travelers, gain their trust, and then kill them to steal their money. In the 1830s, the British Raj cracked down on the cult in the Indian interior, and eventually succeeded in wiping them out, making India safe.
Uh huh. That’s one story. Another story is that the British invented the cult either in part or in whole, and used it to tighten their hold on the Indian sub-continent. This would make it a term invented or co-opted by powerful white people to scare other white people into giving them more power, at the expense of a disenfranchised population.
Not that this is what’s happening here, of course. That would never be the case; implying that would mean racism is still alive and well, and we all know it’s not.
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