Its probably used more to describe anyone who is perceived to be a trouble maker or someone that embraces the materialistic me first nonsense that plagues the air waves today,
People who like to be offended and look for a reason to be constantly probably see the word thug as a good opportunity.
If you say so Zod.
And at last check a "thug" is simply a not a trouble-maker, as you may define one to be based on your examples. The title is more associated with gangs of all races. But has since been watered down and thrown around by some to meet their own idea of "trouble-makers."
Also, we all know the purpose for and meaning behind words changes according to who and how it's used, Zod. I guess you must feel that the "N" word and others like it used to intentionally stereotype and do harm were just in the minds of those they were used against and those folks were looking "for a reason" to be offended.
Yes being born and raised outside of this country has taught me one thing; to truly get rid of a probem, on must first admit there is one. Sometimes, it seems way to many folks in this country have yet to honestly do.
Anyway, Congrats on your team finishing their season strong. I know a play-birth would be more preferred but this team is a work in progress. It first must learn to build confidence in knowing how to walk before it can run. Today is a sign that the Panthers are gelling as a team and is gaining the confidence to WIN.
Good Luck next season. I believe this team has the weapons and confidence. It just needs the maturity and discipline.