The whole reason British people use the term Thug is because of their conquests in India. The original thugs were a specific crime syndicate in India which British troops bragged on eradicating. Regardless of the fact that they also use this term to describe white men, it is a horrible racist term used to dehumanize someone.
Donald Trump this summer called BLM protesters thugs, as well as many elite conservative politicians. Unfortunately, it has become a dog whistle to spread racist rhetoric.
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