Coucilman Carl Stokes
Councilman Carl Stokes Equates “Thug” to “N*gger” Over Baltimore Protests

Baltimore City councilman Carl Stokes got into a heated discussion with CNN’s Erin Burnett over Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and President Obama calling the rioters and looters “thugs.” Stokes took offense with the word thugs, saying that the word should not be used to describe “our kids.”

Stokes said, “These are children who have been set aside, marginalized and who have not been engaged by us.” He said,  “Just call them n*ggers.” Wow, really? Erin Burnett clapped back when Stokes asked her if she would call her son a “thug.” She said, yes, if he was engaging in similar behavior.

Former NAACP president Kwesi Mfume said he’s more concerned about the movement and not a word. He said the movement was going in the wrong direction.