Is "Thug" a Racist Word?

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Is "Thug" a racist word?

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  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. HunterSdVa29

    HunterSdVa29 Respect, tho Platinum Member

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    it can
    but when the definition of thug is 'a violent person, especially a criminal'

    with synonyms of ruffian, hoodlum, vandal, gangster, criminal.......

    it hasn't in this context
     
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    I use hoodlum, rapscallion, ne'er do well, all the time.
     
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    fartJokes Cowbell enthusiast. Legend. Double Yellow Card Yellow Card Banned

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    So Putin is black?
     
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    Slick_36 Groundhog Expert

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    That's what this thread is about. We're analyzing the word to see if it's changing to meet a more specific meaning in this context.
     
  5. HunterSdVa29

    HunterSdVa29 Respect, tho Platinum Member

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    to the average population, no it's not changing

    to racists that use, and have probably always used it to refer to one specific group of people: probably so
     
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    Slick_36 Groundhog Expert

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    I'm not speaking about the general population, I have used the word thug to describe the boys in the article from the OP in this thread. My point is the media is redefining the word for the way they use it. There's a difference there.

    Thing is, when the media starts using buzzwords like this consistently, the meaning starts to change in the minds of the public too.
     
  7. HunterSdVa29

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    what media?
    I find it hard to believe that any org outside of Fox News or maybe Breitbart/Daily Beast would routinely only use the word to describe one segment of the population

    Surely the panderers at EVERY OTHER MAJOR news outlet wouldn't hurt their base like that
     
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    It's probably different in the states but where I live "thug" can be applied to anyone who acts thuggish. Black gang members and white skinheads equally.
     
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    I don't have the time to collect evidence for you from ever source of news online. I'm definitely not alone and I was far from the first to point it out. But if you disagree based on this point, I'm not going to fight you on it. Just agree to disagree.
     
  10. jefferz

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    Call them madachod's and get ready to throw hands.
     
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  11. lifelessheap

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    Yeah, she reminds me of the aunt of the thug who got shot robbing a woman. She claims that the woman was racist and should be punished for shooting her nephew. He was only robbing her house to get money for school clothes. He was basically a saint.{<huh}

    So many broken people. Urban ghettos have a massive cultural problem.
     
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    Nothing is "exclusive" but stop pretending that 9/10 it's used in reference to a black man.

    This famous meme wouldn't work as a joke if race wasn't an issue, it's only funny because the word is being used to describe a white guy (which is unexpected and hence humorous).

    [​IMG]
     
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    'Thug Life' is popularized by the rap industry. The gangsta lifestyle or whatever. For sure it is associated and popularized by primarily black rappers but it is also a niche thing. They can't co-opt a perfectly good and universal word like 'thug', although there is an association there.
     
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    If you don't want to be called a thug, then do not act like one.
     
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    Madmick The Real Hexakaideca Cherokee Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Never heard anyone call Denzel a thug.
     
  17. n...not crazy

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    Everything is sexist
    Everything is racist
    Everything is homophobic
     
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    does anyone call any class of white people "thugs?"
     
  19. ripskater

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    Racist against what race?

    There are red, yellow, black, white and brown thugs.
     
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