Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Soledad O’Brien: Stop Calling Baltimore Protesters ‘Thugs’ (Watch)

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*Former CNN host Soledad O’Brien, a guest on her old network’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday morning, said journalists should not refer to Baltimore protests as “thugs,” no matter how violent, because the word lacked descriptive properties and functioned solely as racial code.

“For journalists to have a debate back and forth about thugs or thuggery is naive and misplaced,” O’Brien said. “Journalists should strive to use words to describe accurately what’s happening.”

A semantic debate erupted on CNN earlier this week when Baltimore City Council Member Carl Stokes objected to host Erin Burnett’s use of the word, telling her to drop the charade and just say “nigger.” Stokes continued to draw out the racial implications of the word with numerous CNN hosts.

Guest-host Frank Sesno asked O’Brien if the peaceful protesters would object to the word being used to describe those who just showed up to throw rocks and loot CVSs.

“I think there’s violent protesters, there’s drunk protesters, angry protesters,” she said. “When you look specifically about how the word riot is used, how the word thug is used, it’s always used around people of color, specifically in an inner city context…Journalists should think about a word that actually doesn’t have a lot of nuance and isn’t specific, but somehow seems to be used a lot when talking about African-Americans.”

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  1. I’ve been using that word for years, and only recently, when we began attaching a racial connotation to it, (after being called a thug became a badge of honor, thanks to Tupac and other crappers adapting it) has it became synonymous with the word nigger. Which is so stupid. So what next? What will be the next word that negroes can call themselves, but is off limits to the rest of the universe? Why are what we say being dictated by the whims of one group of people who seem to take offense at every damned thing that happens these days? Can we please stop this madness? Why are we letting the lunatics run the asylum? And I don’t give a rat’s ass what anyone says, what I saw running through the mall with armloads of stolen merchandise were not demonstrators. They were THUGS.

  2. Lawless President Obama Chides Baltimore “Criminals And Thugs,” Ignores Savagery Of Baltimore Police

    “Freddie Gray made eye contact with a Baltimore cop. He ran like a rabbit so cops chased him like hounds and did what hounds do when they catch a rabbit. They snapped his spine. But the elemental savagery of everyday policing in Baltimore and a hundred other cities is not a fit topic for presidential commentary. The only “criminals” and “thugs” the first black president and for that matter corporate news can see are the citizens in the streets protesting police murder and impunity.”

    A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

  3. (So aaaaaanyway (never minding the two attention white racist BIGots above!) See….”this” is the very objectivity that got SO released from CNN?, but is DESperately needed in broadcast journalism!!! Good to see she still has her ….” balls & are NOT “playing” WITH them!! BIG ups!!

    • So does our resident delusional mental outpatient also believe that the editor at Black Agenda Report is white?!

      Now this is exactly the type a shit why you are viewed on this site as someone who is not dealing from a full deck.
      It’s one thing to continually make an ass of yourself by calling me a white racist, despite not being able to back up your claim from any of the hundreds of posts I have on this site, but come on man, you that fucked up that you believe the editor of Black Agenda Report is white.

      • (Walkin in SMDHATSMF!) Yo….1st of all?, ANY & MOST “Black” ANYthang can be/IS owned by Whites. And even when it isn’t?/owned by one of my “SKINfolk”?, that doesn’t mean “that” muthafka reps “THIS” muthafka or anyone ELSE who “looks like me”! i.e…..B.E.T., “Project 21” etc…. So now what, bytch? See…..as USUal, “YOU” have it twisted!!!! It ain’t about pigment as much as it’s about….”heart/culture/fairness/integrity” etc…! But see, YO bigot BYTchass wouldn’t know a fkn thang about that, b/c YO ass is detached from your own as well as….”MINE/Our” culture. Why do I say that? (Glaaaaad you fkn asked!) No.1….you AIN’T “Black NOR a fair/NON racist White”. You are WTF is wrong with this country….”the weakass THREATENED by ALL who AINT “White” dyin the fk off, grabbin at the few straws left, Neanderthal regressive STUpid ass….racist bigot REtard, who votes against their own best interest, & thinks the man who “looks like “you” has YO best interest at heart, while you WATCH him take YO fkn job…overseas to someone who ISN’T…American, & STILL you stand yo retarded ass RIGHT beside him & sing….”Oh beauuuuutifuuuul etc!!!! & reside in the FOXNEWS/allergic to the fkn facts/delusional …bubble. (Pause) And no.2?,….contrary to what a weak BYTch like yourself would “WANT” Us to think/believe?….most Whites are NOT crooked coward racist like YO mongoloid ass!!, if so? Obie wouldn’t even BE WTF he has BEEN for damn near “8” yrs. And so “due TO” yo wondering wounded need a fkn “area code” dizzy ass, you & your’s come “here”, here where you can “pretend to be any & EVErYthang void of your reality, b/c there is no accountability & nobawdy can “SEE” yo nosey trespassin ass, as you “hop the fkn fence” prooooving you….don’t ……”liiiiiiiiiive heeeeeeeeere”. So to sum it all up?, you don’t “belong” ANYwhere except with Rush, Hannity Beck etc.., or at yo bamma ass “headquarters”, that feeds yo maliciously MISinforming propoganda parrot ass, the BS you copy & paste/pimp, in every fkn post you write. And….”THINKin” We don’t/CAN’T see WTF “Stevie Wonder is pointing at”!!??, makes YO delusional ass the TRUE….”resident mental INpatient”, still INferior, still IN denial, & STILL IN that fkn ….bubble. Now….WTF got?’ Just STFU & go lay yo wounded sore limpin ass down ovva thurr in that corner, just as ALWAYS!!, after I whoop yo defenseless ass with….the truth, Ruth. SMHATSMF! Oh!, & tell yo so called “new” tagteam partner?, she ain’t foolin NObawdy eeeeithah, with her “new handle”. For….GayleK, Kate1221 sheeeeeit “KKK”!!!, it’s STILL the “same” K, & all the saaaaaame ole shyt! …..”K”?? GTFOHWYBSB! Ps….I mean, do you stupid muthafkas have an “app”!!?? If not? “I’mma SEE to it!!!!

        • “It ain’t about pigment as much as it’s about….”heart/culture/fairness/integrity” etc…!”

          So you seriously believe that Black Agenda Report is not down with the cause?

          Everybody knows them the realest mofukas on the internet.

          Dude, take it from me. You need professional help.

          • Hey …you lonely lost confused “BUBblehead” muthaFKaaaaah!…..STFU will you juuuuuuust!? GD. (Psssssst, & that “app” is ‘on its way!) Wink!

          • No….YOU obviously are STILL as fkd UP as usual, & once again have UNsuccessfulky tried to….steer the narrative away from the GD subject! Now….instead of “copying & pasting” WTF “I” posted?, why don’t you instead “draw yo dumbass a fkn “map”! “That” way maaaaaybe you’ll be able to….stay ‘on the GD “road”. Now…YO ass raised the question of something being “labeled” Black, & “I” iterated how “that” ain’t enough nor does it mean that said institution OR person is “FOR” Blacks, just b/c the person is Black, or the institution is “labeled as such”. I.E.?….I’m smart enough to know that…all my SKINfolk AIN’T my “KINfolk”! Hashtag?….”I’d” take a White friend, over a Black enemy ANY fkn day!!! Daaaayum SKIPpy I said AND meant that shyt, worrrrrrd UP!! Other than in my “gumbo”?, FK ALL “CRABS”!!! Muthafkn UNquote!! Something YO dumbass should’ve adapted to YO bamma ass life, long ago. But alas, you …remain in that trailer park, in denial, in that fkn bubble…”stuck ‘on STUpiiiiiiiiid” Sigh. Now….do “you” remember WTF “YOU” posted, yuh dizzy muthafkah youuuuu.? (Pesci!) See bytch?….”you’re” the only dumbass ‘on that “merry go round”, which is whyyyyyyy you’re so GD….dizzy. So again….(with an app ‘on top/Winkin @ fam!) STFU, or better yet?, address the last shyt of mine, you ran yo punkass away from! “Wait for another day” my ass! Naaaaaw bytch, it ain’t EVVA….ovva. So now…..”HOLla”, you redundant, regressive, regurgitating, retarded REpub FK youuuuuuu! (Still fkn wit Pesci!)

      • Now….”is “that” enough luuuuuuv”!?? (Said like “Teena Marie”!) Fk you very murrrrrrrrch.

      • Yeah muthafka I’m a “resident” & I “live”?….”.ALl OVER YO ASS”! “BOOM”!

  4. Naaaaaah, Uncle Ben ain’t g’on make it a “minute past that RICE”!, JUST like “THIS” muthafkaaaaaaaah. BRUhahahahahahahahahaaaaa! (And?….scene.)

  5. I mean….”dig dat yall”! Now this attention whore is “copying & pasting”…..”ME”! I guess the just can’t ….” turn that switch off”. Dumbass parrot. Wah wah wah waaaaaah! Hey!?….”Polly wanna…STFU now”!!??

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