White Rioters vs Black Protesters

After 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by a Ferguson police officer and his body left in the street for hours, the city’s residents were rightly angry. Soon, largely peaceful protestors were met with a fully militarized police force, and things quickly went down hill.

For weeks, news reports spoke of rioters, thugs, and criminals run amuck in Ferguson, a city fed up by a long history of economic segregation and racially motivated policing. While those tense early days in the St. Louis suburb sparked the #BlackLivesMatter movement and the push for police reform, the media narrative that protestors in Ferguson, and later Baltimore, New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, and all across the country, were “thugs” persisted.

Now, a new short by Brave New Films takes the media to task for their portrayal of white rioters and Black protestors, showing just how differently Black folks are discussed.

In addition to the short film, Brave New Films is also asking people to sign a petition to “stop using racial bias in reporting and ban the ‘t-word’ when referring to black people.” 

What do you think; should the word “thug” be banned when referring to Black people? 

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  • CoolChic

    If thug word is “banned”, white racists will just make up a new word. It’s not the word itself that’s the problem but racist intention behind the words. There was/is a time when white racists were calling black people Mondays as in “I hate mondays”.

    • Rizzo

      i remember gorillas in the mist and canadians. i hear monday is another code word.

    • Mary Burrell

      Monday’s that’s a new one to me. Learn something new everyday

  • Me

    this is my idea of white allies. quit talking to black folks about what we already know & start talking to your fellow white folks about their b/s. call them out.

  • [email protected]

    I respect many of the videos from Brave New Films (that deals with voting rights, the environment, etc.). There is a double standard of some in the media. Some in the mainstream media will demonize black protesters a whole lot worst than white rioters. I agree with the short video on that issue. The video is right to describe how the media talks about the black leadership (in claiming that black leaders will not talk about rebellions or black on black crime, which is bold face lie) when black organizations have condemned crime for decades. Thug has been used by some as a code word for the N word. I have no problem with telling the media to stop calling innocent black people collectively as thugs. Yet, the real thugs are Wall Street criminals, imperialists, and crooked cops. Police terrorism must be condemned. I do commended the video’s message though. It’s a great message.

  • Jaya

    I wish someone would make a film about banning the T-word “THOT.” Wonder whether anyone can find a single instance where this term was directed at any white female.

    • ZORINO

      Blame reality tv, rappers and social media.

  • Mary Burrell

    I am not surprised at what hateful words they use. They have always done that kind of thing