[quote]I'll sum it up real quick for those that dont 'get it'. The problem people have with the word thug is when and why it's used. In media, not saying you the reader specifically, but in media the word thug is often used only when referring to or describing a black male.
You may be insensitive to it because you don't notice it or understand the impacts it can have. Yes it's just a word but words are power hence the no bullying campaign about calling things gay. Obviously it bothers somebody.
You would be hard pressed to find media references that refer to white criminals or anybody white as thug in modern media. Just as the word urban is now used to describe a predomantly black or minority neighborhooD or anything black basically. I notice this because I studied media and I know for fact how much subliminals are in media that effect your subconscious. Even colors used in campaigns have specific meanings, like red being used at every fast food place in their logo. The problem is that using hot words distorts perception and characterizes all black males as thugs and creates subconscious prejudices whether you know it or not. This is why police are statistically more prone to shoot a young black male vs any other race. [/quote]
Words have power. The words that we use reinforce our stereotypes. Vandalism occurs everywhere, in all types of communities. Why is it that these individuals called thugs? Why not vandals? Because of their race, because it dehumanizes them, because you view them as wild animals. If they were brother, sister, son or daughter I doubt you would call them a thug. Might they be misguided protesters?
Have you ever done something "not right"? When I was young I did things that I know I should not have done. Would that be immature, childish, or thuggish? As kids or even young adults people damage other peoples property. They are'nt called thugs. Call a spade a spade. If you close your eyes and create an image of a graffiti artist, what do you see? A surgeon? A father? A thug? You see a black person, even as a black person I see a black person. Don't kid yourselves, using the word thug denigrates and isolates.