Why on earth are we having a debate about the word “thugs?”

Isn’t that an utterly appropriate term for people who set police cars and buildings ablaze, loot burning stores and capitalize on an unfortunate death by destroying a community?

And given the seriousness of the issues raised by the Baltimore riots, how did this become a linguistic discussion?

President Obama complained about the “thugs” who rampaged in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s death in police custody.

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