The unlikely origins of the word 'thug'


Barack Obama is half-black, half-white, but is identified as a black president and they're using the word thug. Now, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has since apologized, but the president seems, if we're to believe the White House press secretary, defiantly

President Obama doesn't regret using the term "thug" in describing the violent rioters in Baltimore this week, spokesman Josh Earnest said Wednesday. "Whether it's arson or, you know, the looting of a liquor store those were thuggish acts," Earnest

MSNBC's Alex Wagner points out Obama called Baltimore rioters thugs even though he's only half black.

Usage of the word "thug" spiked on Twitter Monday, appearing in roughly 50,000 tweets, more than any other day in the past month. In the preceding days, it mostly came up in references to rappers or hip-hop lyrics. As riots unfolded in Baltimore

Baltimore City councilman Carl Stokes said Tuesday that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and President Barack Obama should “just call” the rioters “niggers, not “thugs,” as protests continued in West Baltimore