Thug Life Knows No Color
I am not the type of “brother” that never calls another “brother” a thug.
If they engage in rough crimes and they fit the definition, then they are thugs.
However, if groups of White Americans also commit rough crimes and other forms of violent shenanigans, then they should be called thugs as well.
The biker gang members who terrorized a Waco, Texas Twin Peaks are thugs too, and mainstream media, politicians and social media users should refer to them as such, just like they did the protestors in Baltimore.
Furthermore, if everything Black people do is made into a racial issue, the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas should be turned into a racial issue too.
According to CNN, “Gunfire erupted Sunday among rival biker gangs in Waco, Texas, leaving at least nine people dead, according to police…Bikers shot at each other and at officers, who returned fire.”
Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said, “There were at least three rival gang groups here (Sunday) morning for whatever reason. As they were here, we had officers on scene. We expected issues.”
Swanton later stated that there were five gangs present.
“In my 35 years of law enforcement experience, this is the most violent and gruesome scene that I have dealt with.”
KHOU-TV reported that officers arrested 170 people on charges of participating in organized crime.
While our prayers should definitely be with the victims and much respect should be given to the officers for putting their lives on the line for our safety, a clear double standard exists when it comes to race, law enforcement and crime.
Mainstream media is giving this violent melee the coverage it deserves. But the same vitriol that mainstream media and social media showed towards those protesting in Baltimore is not present when talking about the biker gangs in Waco, Texas.
Although biker gangs are just as violent and dangerous as the Bloods and the Crips, America’s anger seems to be reserved for those riding in low-riders and not motorcycles.
The same people that seemed to think the Baltimore protestors were out of control hoodlums are silent about the hoodlums in Texas.
What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander.
Those who protested Freddie Gray’s death in a violent way should be criticized and charged for their crimes.
However, I have more respect for them protesting injustice and letting it get out of hand, than I have for those who put innocent people at risk for foolishness.
Webster’s Dictionary defines a thug as a rough criminal and if the shoe fits a Black person then so be it.
But if it fits a White person, Hispanic person, Asian person or Native American person also we shouldn’t try to polish up that same shoe and make it better than what it really is.
That person is a thug too.
Many Black Americans say that thug is the new N-word and unfortunately that opinion seems true.
Since the Middle Passage, no matter how a Black person acted they were called the N-word.
However, if a non-Black person acted the same identical way, they were not called the N-word. Their behavior was probably swept under the rug.
Likewise, in today’s world if a Black person has tattoos, wears sagging pants, listens to loud music, has a funny haircut or does anything wrong, he is branded a thug.
On the contrary, when a non-Black person does the same thing, they are just referred to as individuals expressing themselves or kids making an honest mistake.
That double standard, when it comes to the definition of a thug, is what upsets Black America.
When we make a mistake we are branded as rough criminals and when others do it they are just individuals who acted up or made a mistake.
It seems that in a country that prides itself on equality that equal rules would apply to all of its citizens.