We have a large and diverse group of individuals on SurvivalMonkey. For the most parts, we share a commonality of purpose in life and similar values but I am hoping someone here is more worldly than I and can explain to this simple country girl how the word "thug" can, in any way, be interpreted as a racial slur. Evidently, it is now called the "T" word, companion to the "N" word. Someone please use the "E" word to enlighten me. MSNBC Panel: 'Offensive' to Label Baltimore Rioters 'Thugs;' the 'New N-Word'