Soledad O’Brien, Formerly of CNN: ‘Thug’ a ‘Proxy’ for the ‘N-Word’

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<p>Former CNN anchor Soledad O&rsquo;Brien, now CEO of Starfish Media Group and a correspondent for Al Jazeera America, on the May 4 <em>Reliable Sources</em>:</p>

<p>&ldquo;Listen, I think what the Baltimore city councilman, Carl Stokes, was trying to tell Erin Burnett is that thug is a proxy, it is a word we use instead of the N-word. And I think that&rsquo;s really true. I can&rsquo;t think of a situation where there&rsquo;s ever been a headline or someone has called a white young person who&rsquo;s in the middle of a violent protest, demonstration, whatever, a &lsquo;thug.&rsquo; We use it all the time when we&rsquo;re talking about people in the inner city.&rdquo;</p>

<p><em>&gt;&gt; This video clipped to illustrate the May 4 &quot;Mainstream Media Scream&quot; for WashingtonExaminer.com &lt;&lt;</em></p>

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