The thuggification of young black victims of white violence: Is thug the new n—-r?


Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant

I have a pop quiz for you.

Can you name one young white victim of violence who has been publicly humiliated or degraded by tens of thousands of African Americans online or by key African-American journalists or newscasters?

I’m waiting. Still waiting. Stumped? I’ll give you a bonus question.

Can you name one white person, criminal or otherwise, that you’ve heard called a “thug” in the past, let’s say, 50 years?

Even if you came up with an obscure name or two, you have to admit that you’re dealing with a pretty short list.

Yet not only are African-American perpetrators of violence labeled as thugs, but so are victims.

Jeffrey Dahmer killed, raped, and dismembered at least 17 boys and men, but he was never called a thug. He was arrested.

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols killed 168 people when they blew up the federal building in Oklahoma, but they…

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