According to Richard Sherman, thug is the new n-word. He suggests that, because the n-word has become socially unacceptable in virtually all situations, closet racists have turn to the word “thug” to communicate the same that meaning as “nigger.” According to an article in the Huffington Post:
- “The only reason it bothers me is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays,” Sherman said during a press conference on Wednesday. “It’s like everyone else said the N-word and they said ‘Thug’ and they’re like, ‘Ah, that’s fine.’ That’s where it kind of takes me aback and it’s kind of disappointing.”
- “What’s the definition of a thug really?”
- “I know some ‘thugs,’ and they know I’m the furthest thing from a thug.”
According to Google, a thug is a violent person, esp. a criminal. Synonyms are ruffian, hooligan, vandal, hoodlum, gangster, villain, criminal. In contrast, Google defines nigger as a contemptuous term for a black or dark-skinned person.
So this is not the time for Richard Sherman to play the race card. He may not be a thug, but his conduct in the Erin Andrews post-game interview was consistent with a thug.
Despite his oft-mentioned Stanford degree, it seems that Sherman’s critics has a better grasp of the English language than he does.