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Jimmy Fallon’s bandleader scolds Baltimore mayor – don’t call rioters THUGS!

When Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called the mob running riot in the streets of her city “thugs,” most of America thought she was stating the obvious.

But even a progressive black woman Democrat can’t call a thug a “thug” without being called a racist these days – and that’s what happened to Rawlings-Blake when late-night bandleader Questlove got wind of her statement.

Here’s what Rawlings-Blake had to say Monday night on CNN.

There isn’t a normal person — black or white — who couldn’t understand what Rawlings-Blake was saying when she made clear the difference between “thugs” and protesters.

But here’s what Questlove posted on Twitter.

Questlove is actually the Philadelphia-born Ahmir Khalib Thompson — and best known as the leader of The Roots, the house band for”The Late Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Whatever the man’s musical ability — and it’s considerable — coming from the most racially obsessed city in the country has clearly clouded the drummer’s thinking when it comes to racial matters. When Rawlings-Blake called the rioters destroying her city “thugs,” he heard a code word for the foulest racial slur in American English.

(Unfortunately, this isn’t all that new for Questlove,  since whining about racism seems to come to him as naturally as rhythm. But it’s still pretty outlandish.)

Sad to say, there were plenty on social media who agreed with Thompson.  But other heard Rawlings-Blake differently.  When she said “thug,” they thought she meant “thug” — as in criminal, as in savage, as in animals.

But this is the one that’s already pushing up the blood pressure in the NBC corporate suites.

Someone at NBC is having a very bad day today.

 

 

 

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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