A pc code word? You sound like one of those crazy conspiracy theorists. Was it a code word when Tupac had it tattooed across his stomach? It's used to describe a certain way of behaving because that is it's definition, never mind that 'thug life' has been glorified for decades by rappers and now you wanna get all offended by it's use? Is this another word that only black people and honorary black people can say? Lol, just ridiculous. Also, class act is used a lot to describe people of all races. Oh, but I must not be a minority because only white people can't see the encrypted media racism. Disgusting.
a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer
Why did the association change? Things like E. 1999 Eternal and many others.
And this is coming from someone who grew up in Charlotte and went to Irwin Elementary, Piedmont Middle and West Charlotte, graduating in '92. My "crew" in high school actually made front page of the Charlotte Observer because of how diverse we were. I played ball with Junior Burrough, Jeff "Touche" McGinnis and witnessed Stackhouse single handedly demolish our team after those guys left.
Hell, I was even good friends with Chris Dixon...The teenager that made so much money from selling Coke that he came to school every day in Mink coats while driving a brand new Mercedes. He was a good guy though...bought his mom a brand new house and looked out for me because I was his "big white buddy".
Remember Alex Orange? He was a friend of mine. Google his name if you don't know.
I grew up in a family that tried very hard to distance themselves from the backwards thinking relatives that shunned one cousin for marrying a "black" and another cousin for being gay.
I am probably the least racist southerner on the planet because of that.
Yet I'm asked by micnificent28 to "enlighten myself". I don't know what it's like to be a minority in this country so I can't speak on your hardships. All I do know is that the N word and the word if the day, "thug", would be used a hell of a lot less if the words were used less by the people they are unfortunately associated with.
Rednecks call themselves rednecks, too. Not necessarily a positive thing, either.