Thug. The Left says it has become a “dog whistle” that Conservatives use instead of saying “n*gger.” Interestingly, not all uses of the word “thug” have come under fire.
Anyway, for your consideration:
The word “thug” has an interesting history, originally being a short form of “Thuggee.” The Thuggees were Hindu followers of the cult of Kali back during the pre-Raj period of British Rule in India, and their modus operandi was to ambush, strangle and rob travelers moving along India’s more secluded rural passages. They operated completely on faith, having developed a complicated system of omen-tracking and silent communication that guided them along. If a bird crowed a certain way, they turned left, if a wind blew the right kind of tree the right way, they might stop and wait.
And they ideally had to kill their victims without spilling any blood, using garrotes made by tying a heavy gold coin in the corner of a long handkerchief. They would often befriend their victims first, travelling along with them a way and gaining their trust before robbing and murdering them.
Once the Thuggees made the mistake of murdering British citizens and officials, they sealed their own doom. The Brits cracked down and hanged the Thuggees en masse, apparently not having heard of “tolerance” or that “diversity is a strength.”
Further Reading: The Thuggee Cult
In that Daily Beast article cited way up above, the author expresses outrage that that football player would be called a thug. It goes on to cite examples of Obama being called a thug by “racist” op-ed writers.
Now, I agree about the football player. He didn’t threaten anybody and didn’t use bad language. He acted like an idiot, not a thug. So maybe they have a point about him.
But Obama? Let’s recap how the Thuggees operated, shall we?
- Part of a bizarre death cult
- Worshiped an ugly, black goddess
- Faked friendliness to get victims to let their guard down before robbing them
- Strangled victims with weapons made of money
- Superstitiously obeyed a complicated system of undirected omens to make decisions
- Were wiped out once their conspiracies were uncovered
I’d say that in Obama’s case, it fits.