CNN has been having a rough time at it when it comes to covering protests. Since October 2014 when the Ferguson riots broke out through the Baltimore riots that happened this week, their reporters have been getting hell!!
Hit with rocks, interviews hijacked, mics snatched like we’re at a rap concert. The general public is over CNN and their often contentious commentators.
This evening, another CNN talking head became the next in line to get served while on air.
CNN host Erin Burnett was interviewing Baltimore city councilman Carl Stokes when she defended Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlins-Blake’s categorization of the teens as criminals and thugs—asking Stokes why it wasn’t “the right word?”
Well for one thing they’re kids, Stokes points out.
“But how does that justify what they did? I mean that’s a sense of right and wrong. They know it’s wrong to steal and burn down a CVS and an old person’s home, I mean, come on,” Burnett clarifies, uncomprehending.
“Come on? So calling them thugs? Just call them niggers. Just call them niggers,” Stokes replies. “No. We don’t have to call them by names such as that. We don’t have to do that.”
Burnett, to be fair, later promises she “would hope that she would call her son a thug if he did such a thing.”
Can I take the time to put my cape on and save Erin in this round? I totally agree with her. People in general have gotten to used to adding too many meanings to words. Now, the term “thug” has replaced the n-word for most White when it comes to describing a person, often African-Amercian that they have a problem with. If you ever listen to sports radio, players are called, “thugs” all day for doing anything from being caught with a bag of weed to stolen crab legs.
In this case, I’m with her. There was time, when we could’ve just called the looters just what she did. That was before the word “thug” became a word we adopted in hip-hop that actually meant something good in a lot of ways. What I saw last night we’re a few thugs. Saw a couple niggers too! But I really saw some thugs.