1. A violent person, especially a criminal. Synonyms: ruffian, hooligan, vandal, hoodlum, gangster, villain, criminal. “One of Capone’s thugs.” (Capone was Italian.)
2. Historically, a member of a religious organization of robbers and assassins in India. Devotees of the goddess Kali, the Thugs waylaid and strangled their victims, usually travelers, in a ritually prescribed manner. They were suppressed by the British in the 1830s.
Greta Van Susteren posted this on her Facebook:
“This really annoys me because it continues to happen. It was not just one person last week, but now others. Before I get into what annoys me, let me remind the critics, I spent years representing poor people – almost exclusively minorities – in civil rights cases and criminal cases. I have a solid record. I still work hard to help those who need help (ask anyone!)
“And what do I read tonight? Others coming out and critical of anyone using a word that they now claim to be wrong. I am talking about the word thug. Wrong word, really? Thug is now a word I can’t use to call those who set cars on fire, throw rocks at police and burn down senior centers? Really?
“I would call ANYONE, with any ethnic background a thug who throws rocks at police and sets cars on fire (and yes, I would call a police officer or a lawyer or anyone else who beats up an innocent person a thug, too.)
But what is annoying, is rather than working on the real problems – jobs, education, education, etc – some are consumed with the words we use. That is absurd. We need people to work on real problems — not people running around telling everyone what to say and implying they are racists when they are not.”
The real racists are those who claim that “thug” is a racist dog whistle.
And let’s not forget FOR A MOMENT who has been running Baltimore for DECADES!