With tensions rising in Baltimore, a city councilman is under fire for criticizing Obama and the city’s mayor.
Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes (D) attacked President Obama and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D) for referring to rioters in Baltimore as “thugs” saying, “just call them n*ggers.”
While appearing on CNN’s OutFront, Stokes was asked if “thugs” was the right word to describe the rioters.
“No, of course it’s not the right word to call our children thugs,” he replied. “These are children who have been set aside, marginalized, who have not been engaged by us. No, we don’t have to call them thugs.”
“Calling them thugs — just call them n*ggers. Just call them n*ggers,” he added. “No, we don’t have to call them by names such as that. We don’t have to do that. That is exactly what we have set them to. Now, when you say ‘come on,’ come on what? You wouldn’t call your child a thug if they should do something that would not be what you would expect them to do.”
Stokes made these comments after Obama and Rawlings-Blake each referred to the rioters as “thugs” in their speeches.
Earlier in the day, Stokes spoke out to defend both the riots and his city.
“Today has been a tremendously good day in Baltimore. We woke up this morning at 5:00 a.m., cleaning up the streets, cleaning up the neighborhoods. People have come out of their doors, no one is staying behind closed doors in Baltimore. The residents are coming out and saying ‘this is our town, this is our city.’ Our issue is justice being served. So, there were a few aberrant, and I know that that was a terrible scene that we saw last night and a little bit on Saturday, but the greater majority, so a few hundred people versus hundreds of thousands of residents of Baltimore city, have come out of their homes and said, ‘this is Baltimore. This is our Baltimore.’ And they’re showing just who we are and why we’re standing up for justice, not only for Freddie Gray, but for all of the Freddie Grays that have been killed or brutalized in Baltimore.”
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