Calling rioters in Baltimore “thugs” is coming back to bit the city’s mayor, who took to Twitter to make amends for her poor choice of words.

“I wanted to clarify my comments on ‘thugs.’ When you speak out of frustration and anger, one can say things in a way that you don’t mean,” Stephanie Rawlings-Blake tweeted Wednesday afternoon (April 29) in response to criticism from those who felt her use of the word “thug” was simply a way to replace the n-word.

The mayor’s apology stemmed from remarks she made Monday (April 26) at a press conference after the riots began in Baltimore. During the conference, Rawlings-Blake condemned the rioters, many of which were high school students.

“It is very clear that there’s a difference between what we saw last week between the peaceful protests and the thugs, who only want to incite violence and destroy our city,” she said. “I’m a life-long resident of Baltimore. Too many generations have spent their lives building up this city to have it destroyed by thugs, who, in a very senseless way, are trying to tear down what so many have fought for.”

Although Rawlings-Blake did damage control with her tweet, she found herself on the defense Wednesday as Fox News reporter Leland Vittert attempted to ask the mayor about allegations from a source that she ordered police to stand down during Monday’s civil unrest.

The Huffington Post noted the presence of the Rev. Al Sharpton, who stood in front of Rawlings-Blake as she kept silent

“Why can’t we ask questions?” Vittert asked repeatedly. “We can’t ask questions?”

Sharpton’s efforts to keep the peace with an assurance that Vittert would be able to ask his questions at an upcoming press conference, ultimately fell flat as the reporter refused to fall back.

“Then you’ll answer our questions?” Vittert continued while leaning in with his mic towards Rawlings-Blake and Sharpton, who by then had enough.

From there, the Post mentioned that the “PoliticsNation” host used his arm to push Vittert out of the way.

“Relax, relax,” Sharpton said.

To see Sharpton’s encounter with Vittert, check out the video above.

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(Photo/Video Source: Fox News)

13 thoughts on “Baltimore Mayor Clarifies ‘Thugs’ Comment (Watch)

  1. Thugs are in every race.she know what its like to come up thru the hood.black folk understood what she meant.sometimes mom would call us anythibg when she got angry.we will have to treat her thug comments the same way.sometimes thugs come in handy.

  2. AFRICAN AMERICANS currently score lower than European Americans on vocabulary, reading, and mathematics tests, as well as on tests that claim to measure scholastic aptitude and intelligence. This gap appears before children enter kindergarten (figure 1-1), and it persists into adulthood. It has narrowed since 1970, but the typical American black still scores below 75 percent of American whites on most standardized tests. On some tests the typical American black scores below more than 85 percent of whites?
    The black-white test score gap does not appear to be an inevitable fact of nature. It is true that the gap shrinks only a little when black and white children attend the same schools. It is also true that the gap shrinks only a little when black and white families have the same amount of schooling, the same income, and the same wealth. But despite endless speculation, no one has found genetic evidence indicating that blacks have less innate intellectual ability than whites. Thus while it is clear that eliminating the test score gap would require enormous effort by both blacks and whites and would probably take more than one generation, we believe it can be done.

    This conviction rests mainly on three facts:

    –When black or mixed-race children are raised in white rather than black homes, their preadolescent test scores rise dramatically. Black adoptees’ scores seem to fall in adolescence, but this is what we would expect if, as seems likely, their social and cultural environment comes to resemble that of other black adolescents and becomes less like that of the average white adolescent.

    –Even nonverbal IQ scores are sensitive to environmental change. Scores on nonverbal IQ tests have risen dramatically throughout the world since the 1930s. The average white scored higher on the Stanford-Binet in 1978 than 82 percent of whites who took the test in 1932. Such findings reinforce the implications of adoption studies: large environmental changes can have a large impact on test performance.

    –Black-white differences in academic achievement have also narrowed throughout the twentieth century. The best trend data come from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), which has been testing seventeen-year-olds since 1971 and has repeated many of the same items year after year. Figure 1-2 shows that the black-white reading gap narrowed from 1.25 standard deviations in 1971 to 0.69 standard deviations in 1996. The math gap fell from 1.33 to 0.89 standard deviations. When Min-Hsiung Huang and Robert Hauser analyzed vocabulary scores for adults born between 1909 and 1969, the black-white gap also narrowed by half.

    In a country as racially polarized as the United States, no single change taken in isolation could possibly eliminate the entire legacy of slavery and Jim Crow or usher in an era of full racial equality. But if racial equality is America’s goal, reducing the black-white test score gap would probably do more to promote this goal than any other strategy that commands broad political support. Reducing the test score gap is probably both necessary and sufficient for substantially reducing racial inequality in educational attainment and earnings. Changes in education and earnings would in turn help reduce racial differences in crime, health, and family structure, although we do not know how large these effects would be.

    This judgment contradicts Christopher Jencks and his colleagues’ 1972 conclusion in Inequality that reducing cognitive inequality would not do much to reduce economic inequality. The reason is simple: the world has changed. In 1972 the best evidence about what happened to black workers with high test scores came from a study by Phillips Cutright, who had analyzed the 1964 earnings of men in their thirties who had taken the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) between 1949 and 1953. Overall, employed black men earned 57.5 percent of what whites earned. Among men with AFQT scores above the national average, black men earned 64.5 percent of what whites earned (figure 1-3). In such a world, eliminating racial differences in test performance did not seem likely to reduce the earnings gap very much.

    Today’s world is different. The best recent data on test scores and earnings come from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), which gave the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery to a national sample of young people in 1980. Among employed men who were 31 to 36 years old in 1993, blacks earned 67.5 percent of what whites earned, a modest but significant improvement over the situation in 1964. The big change occurred among blacks with test scores near or above the white average. Among men who scored between the 30th and 49th percentiles nationally, black earnings rose from 62 to 84 percent of the white average. Among men who scored above the 50th percentile, black earnings rose from 65 to 96 percent of the white average. In this new world, raising black workers’ test scores looks far more important than it did in the 1960s.

  3. I do not understand the problem here?, what do you call a person that attacks someone else, loots, steals, burns building, throws rocks at police. You really have only one or two option, you can call him a “thug” or a “black person”, she chose the former rather than the latter.

    • Ms Curly on said:

      You took all that time to write a book but you did not look up the meaing of the word “THUG” it has no color. Whats your IQ??

  4. millie on said:

    THUG:lawless person;thug. look up the word in the dictionary then have an opinion/comment. being angry at our President Of The United States is not the move. as usual we become angry at “us” but wont register and vote these pilgrims that are allowing our black men to be murdered out of office. Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mike Brown; marches; but murder continues-get out of your feelings people. how many of those people marching/rioting in Baltimore are registered voters and how many are registered to vote but did not and will not? did you know that some of these same pilgrims called the black residents of New Orleans refugees during the Katrina massacre? hell the latinos were called: “fending for their families”-SMDH. marching in the streets has no impactful effect on stopping the murderous behavior of policemen. we MUST take legal control of our own destiny. Please stop asking for millions of dollars to buy an airplane but not community growth that will offer educational and job trainings, that will build black owned businesses in the community, child care. please stop with the multiple families in the church where you are pastoral leader but now are agreeing/allowing yourself to be used as a white flag-no impact. And please stop waiting on them to give us permission to live. PLEASE.

  5. Tammy on said:

    What people do not like about the word “thug” is when black commit crimes, everyone wants to use the word; however, when a white person commits a crime even killing 20 people in movie, whites get called “mental issues”.

  6. Ms Curly on said:

    Six offers charged, so far so good. They were acting like thugs now we have feelings? Let the ones complaining pay for all the damage that was done.

  7. jamel on said:

    I saw her press conference and was very upset when she called black teenagers thugs for protesting the death of an unarmed black man at the hands of police officers. She chose her words and used them in the won manner and I was disgusted that a black mayor would say that about black youth. You are used to that from the white media and white people but for her to say that was appalling.

    I hope going forward she has learned how to discuss our race with the white media. I am not proud of her and actions, thus far.

    But the gentleman standing next to her at the press conference, stated, he would not use the word thug to describe the youths protesting.

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