Via Hot Air.
Right now I'm seeing people working overtime trying to build sympathy for the thugs in Baltimore, on the grounds that this sort of lashing out is to be expected among the poor and downtrodden, it's not their fault, this is all part of the way people try to register their grievances with a system they object to. And if you call them thugs? Then you may as well just call them niggers.
Of course you get the move here. It's supposed to make criticisms of rioters toxic - at least this particular type of rioters - so when flames are fanned and inevitably spew out of control, no one is criticized, and no one takes a political hit. So 'thug' will be seen as a code-word for 'nigger', no one will use it, and hopefully we'll just start calling these people 'disenfranchised youths speaking truth to power in the only way they know how'. Because only a horrible, evil wicked racist would ever use that word.
I suggest a different approach to consider: maybe it's time to just flat out call rioting, store-looting, building-burning thugs 'niggers', just as the councilman suggested.
Let people gasp. Let them scream. Let them demand apologies, let them call it racism, let them say whatever they like.
And then let's call the looting, rioting thugs niggers again. Let's call the ones justifying and defending it the same thing, for that matter. And we can call the blacks who resist this sort of behavior, who condemn it, who say it cannot be justified 'good' and 'civilized'.
Because one thing has been made clear: the people involved here are shameless. We have hit the point where not even people quite literally robbing stores and setting them on fire, can be criticized openly because the people involved are protected by a shield of political correctness that is entirely out of control. And the reason that shield works is because people - left and right - are convinced that if they just adhere to the script, if they avoid all of the language one side insists is bad and wrong and utterly taboo (a script that only grows), then maybe we can have some 'dialogue' and 'come up with solutions'. Or, at the very least, not be labeled racist.
Of course, THAT always happens. No matter how closely people try to stick to the script anyway, hoping that if they follow the cues that they'll at least inoculate themselves against the nastier baggage.
Well, it doesn't work, and it doesn't help anyone. Not blacks - a good share of whom, I believe, are probably sick to death of these thugs and their enablers. And to the ones who aren't? To hell with them.
Let's make it clear that the excuses don't work anymore, that the rules have changed, and their there are expectations for behavior that everyone must abide by. Looting and setting fires can't be 'part of your culture's traditions of political action', or if it is, then expect the reactions of other cultures to be 'sending the national guard in immediately - not 'once things really get out of hand' but immediately', and everyone calling you by the Taboo Name Which You Thought No One Would Ever Say.
And maybe once the realization sinks in that the looting-apologetics won't work, and that the racial 'dialogue' now has another, loud voice that is not concerned first and foremost with not being called 'racist'... well, maybe then people will start to realize 'Oh shit, the sympathy's stopped. We better get our shit under control before this gets worse.'
I suspect one decade of that attitude will yield more results than the past few decades of the most idiotic crackers of each generation trying to appease others for their artificial guilt.