Again this weekend, Twitchy covered what has become one of the most controversial aspects to arise from the rioting and looting in Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray in police custody: the use of the “racist code word” thug. Why, for example, is no one referring to the biker gangs involved in that shootout in Waco, Texas, that killed nine “thugs”? (Well, we did, several times.)
Now it’s Geraldo Rivera’s turn to weigh in on this important issue. His take? Let’s stop using the “T” word, or at least make sure that it’s not used with a racial connotation. The obvious problem there; people using it with no racial connotation are being branded racists for using coded language whether they know it or not.
It’s particularly strange for Rivera to surrender the “T” word over its supposed racial component; after all, this is the man who partially blamed the death of Trayvon Martin on his “suspicious” hoodie, and urged “parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their children go out wearing hoodies” or other clothing that made them look “gangster.”
Of course, who’s to blame for adhering to this racist double-standard?
Apparently this clip can’t be posted enough times for people to admit it exists. P.S. The man pictured speaking is neither employee nor fan of Fox News.