What is the appropriate way to describe what we saw on the news.
Simply say young African American people are rioting and looting?
Would the descriptive then become a bigoted and derogatory term?
I don't think there is any way around the fact that there were no white people joining them.
African American and thug are not synonymous in my mind.
Being honest with myself I ask what do I picture in my mind when I see thug.
So hear it is honestly.
A thug walks around with their hoodie pulled up so it is hard to see them, they often wear dark glasses to hide their identity further. Their pants are almost always sagging. I think they are probably poor and have turned to crime as a way of life.
While I mostly see black youths dressed this way, I have the exact same reaction to any young people dressed this way. I think of it as a uniform so they can identify kindred spirits.
I think the same thing when I see skaters dressed in their garb, same goes for Emos and goth.
I assume that people dress in the manner in which they want to be perceived.
In my mind the Emos, Goth, skaters, and rednecks don't represent a threat to my safety and property,