It seems the negative word thug is always used to misrepresent the entire African American, Negro, or black communities. Honestly, people who distort racial integrity by misguiding readers, viewers, and listeners are worse than those they are writing or talking about. Such viewpoints are transparent as they are criminal acts of spreading hate.
As a humanitarian I find hate served on any platform detestable and a waste of time. So, therefore, today my vocabulary word is “thug” because I object to the ignorance of those that use it improperly. And it is such ignorance that keeps hate alive. And in keeping hate alive it becomes an avenue for exploitation by discriminatory acts when negative words are used to describe others by race, age, disability, ethnic, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and etc. Despite the worlds gratifying social exposure of discovering people are people, a pocket of people continue hate cycles for the sake of personal gain.
Part of Speech: noun
- a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.
- (sometimes initial capital letter) one of a former group of professional robbers and murderers in India who strangled their victims.
Last night I watched a History Channel special on the movie series Indiana Jones. The purpose of the show was to separate fact from fiction as it relates to the movie. While watching the show I was introduced to origin of the word “Thug”. When you think of a thug what image comes to mind? Is it a Black or Brown man? Is he iced out with diamonds and wearing baggy pants? Most people think of a thug as living in a poverty stricken urban area ( Ghetto) in the United states. The origin of the word “Thug” couldn’t be farther from its present meaning. The word Thug originates from an 800 year old cult called Thuggee in India. Thuggee were known for befriending travelers and killing them with the ultimate intention of robbing them. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this cult is responsible for the death of 2 million unsuspecting travelers.
So the question arises, ” How did we get from Thuggee to thug?” The Indian Cult and its practices were popularized and introduced to main stream Western Culture through books such as Confessions of a Thug by Philip Meadows Taylor (1839). Thuggee was also popularized by British Culture as Great Britain Ruled India from 1858 to 1947. In a way it bothers me that such a negative word like thug is largely associated with Blacks when it should be associated with Indians. How is it that we get the bad rap when they’ve been “thuggin” for 800 years! If we’re going to play the name game then we need to call prostitutes Geisha Girls! If there are any words that you can think of that are unfairly associated with your or someone else’s culture, please feel free to comment.
As I lay in bed this morning I began to ponder over a stressful decision. Sorrowfully my current circumstance keeps me in thought.
My focus was and is on the key-players that are taking advantage of a person I have come to love and respect. I thought about my role, or the lack thereof, in all the confusion. Did I take the high road? Or did I take the easy road? Whatever road I took it left a loved one in the midst of a pack of deceitful, vicious and greedy wolves.
- Each is spiritually tearing apart this poor person.
- Each has mentally and emotionally taken advantage of this person because of health challenges.
- Each has set their attention to take the mountain from a person that never wanted to own the mountain.
- Each has shown their truest color; and, once again, the problem has resurfaced in my life; and things are worse than before.
It’s funny how people will devour another if they think the possibility to get something for nothing has become available. Furthermore, it’s hilariously sad to watch them destroy people they pretend are allies. And, moreover, these people are so stupid that they don’t even realize their evil actions are as transparent as them. They take everyone to be fools as they fail to realize “Every dog with its eyes closed ain’t sleep.”
Apparently a young man was running late for work when he saw a car accident. He called his boss to leave a message about his delay. But afterwards he finds himself giving a blow-by-blow account of what was taking place between a man and elderly women. This is truly the funniest story and voicemail I have ever heard.
- Funny Phone Message As Little Old Lady’s Beat Up A Bully (myq105.cbslocal.com)
- Study Break – The Best Voicemail About a Car Accident (helpfromavideoholic.wordpress.com)
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I am at a lost for a dinner menu.
Honestly, I am so over turkey and dressing, collard greens, black-eyed peas, mashed potatoes covered in turkey gravy, corn, candy yams and sweet potato-pie with a dollop of cool-whip. But if I met one person that has never feasted on such a lavish Thanksgiving meal I would find the strength to prepare it and cultivate an appetite to eat it once again.
Yesterday my cousin Theresa told me I was not the person she once knew. She said, “You’ve changed.” She went on to express how she remembered my tearful outbursts and moments later how I would be extremely happy, or short-tempered. Honestly, I had forgotten those moments and the young woman that felt life was not worth living. And I find it spiritually amazing how God will allow others to remind you of days gone by. And how the kindness of others helped transformed your life during difficult moments. As a result of my transformation I am grateful for all things.
So today I am taking the time to search for and post inspiring messages to help someone along the way. If the message I share is not for you please pass it on. You never know who will need words of encouragement. So to kick off my inspirational Friday messages is the below video of a businessman’s compassion for humanity.