1. a violent person, especially a criminal.
synonyms: Ruffian, hooligan, vandal, hoodlum, gangster, villain, criminal – Merriam-Webster.com
What makes someone dangerous or a criminal?
Someone is not a criminal because they wear clothes that are baggy, have holes, are hip-hop-related, associated with the lower-class, considered “gang apparel”
Someone is not a criminal because they wear a hoodie, sunglasses, or a hat that hides their face.
Someone is not a criminal because they have tattoos or because of the way their hair is cut.
Someone is not a criminal because they throw up “gang signs” and it does not mean that they are in a gang.
Personally, I do not like to label anyone who is a human being as one thing. I don’t like to call anyone “good” or “bad” or “thug” because I believe that when people use those words, they are trying to make someone seem less than human. I also believe that all human life is valuable…even if it’s value is simply being an example of what not to do. However…if I was to call someone a “thug” or “criminal,” The person’s description might sound something like this:
1) Someone who is blatantly disrespectful for the feelings of others and takes advantage of those who have endowed them with the privilege and power that they have:
A person matching this description could be guilty of something like: urinating in public (showing a disregard for the comfort of others when it would have been easy enough just to find a restroom), spitting on your fans, egging someone’s house and causing a loud commotion in the middle of the night. Publicly calling out and humiliating the people who you’ve been intimate with and privately confided in you. And doing all these things knowing that because you are popular, you will not be punished for it. A person who does these hurtful things to others knowing their popularity and money will protect them. It is also not in the nature of this person to apologize or take responsibility for the unkind things they have done.
Admittedly, these are all minor offenses that are not illegal, but make them a generally unlikable person and they could certainly be considered “villainous,” which is part of the Merriam-Webster definition.
2) Someone who is both aggressive and cowardly/irresponsible.
This person is the type to start physical fights, be they in private or in public, and then hiding behind bigger people (say a bodyguard or a bouncer) to protect themselves instead of facing the consequences of their actions.
3) Someone who believes they are entitled to money and a luxurious lifestyle without contributing quality work or service to the society or community in which they live.
Art and music serve a purpose, but only if they do something more than casually entertain. Real art speaks to the human condition and the struggles and joys and responsibilities that come with it. It brings important questions to the table and leaves the artist’s peers with a sense of respect. It uplifts communities and helps to make us better people by questioning the way we live and celebrating life. A person who sings but does not leave the general community a better place than when they started nor is thought of as such by their peers, is not a real “artist.” They are not serving their community. A person who falsifies claims about being an artist and accepts millions of dollars because they think they “deserve it,” could loosely be labeled a “thief” and a “liar.”
4) Someone who has a blatant, selfish, disregard for human life and acts on those desires knowing that it could or will hurt other people:
The actions of this person might include something like drag racing on a public street or say, maybe drunk driving, or maybe doing both at the same time…This type of behavior could easily kill someone and drunk drivers do in fact, kill many people every day. This person would also make it worse by then refusing to take any responsibility for it, apologizing for it, or giving any reassurance that such an act won’t happen again.
5) Someone who is disrespectful of and believes they are above the laws that keep people safe and is disrespectful of law enforcement who are trying to do their job to protect possible victims of said broken laws:
This might be someone who resists arrest for doing an activity that is dangerous to others, like drag racing or drunk driving and then…oh I don’t know…is completely disrespectful of the law process that investigates these claims – doesn’t answer questions, rolls eyes, is generally uncooperative and wastes everyone’s time and tax money.
6) Is not intellectually curious, does not pursue academic nor culturally educational pursuits and does not engage in any other redeeming activities to better one’s self-worth to the community in which they live:
This person might have a great deal of money and political influence yet does little to nothing with their privilege to help others (or makes gestures that are ingenuine). Has traveled the world but made no effort to learn anything, bringing unwanted dangerous or unkind behavior into other people’s cultures and then leaving having benefitted from that community while attributing nothing or making things worse for the people that live there.
As I have mentioned before, I do not like to label people, especially in negative terms. However…
If I was to call someone a “thug,” with the potential to kill someone and the confidence to get away with it, it would be this person:
The fact that he has not yet killed or seriously injured someone is not enough for me to believe that he is not dangerous. He is aggressive, he engages in violent behavior, he has back-up, he has power, he does drugs, he doesn’t care about other people, and he “Biliebes” he can do whatever the hell he wants…and he’s unkind. This man is the man who is potentially dangerous. What makes someone a thug is not the way that they look, it is the way that they behave, the actions that they choose to take.
This gentlepeople, is a “thug” if there ever was one. This is white, male, straight, cis-gendered privilege if I ever saw it. He dresses the same way and appears to possess many of the superficial characteristics that the police and media deems “thug” worthy, except for one thing, he is white. Why are their hard-working, kind people and innocent children at the border literally (yes, literally) dying to come into this country when this selfish boy who was also an immigrant can stay here as a long as he wants with no consequences for the illegal things he has done? Why are people in Ferguson who are accused of petty, non-violent crimes being gunned down in the streets without a second thought as to their worth as human beings while this known criminal of dangerous activity was successfully arrested (and he DID resist arrest) without even minor injuries and walked away from jail unscaled? What he paid to the courts was, for him, considered pocket-change and the reassurance to the rest of us that the rich, white, celebrity male can do whatever he wants.
I am not an immigrant. I am not a person of color. But I am furious that the resources that are meant to be used to defend me and the people I love are instead being used to “defend” a border against people who need help and to pursue people (in a military style) who are accused of stealing things from a convenience store, while this boy walks freely among our citizens, accepted as if he has lived here his whole life and was family. I’m not saying that he never deserved that chance. He did deserve it, was given it, and now he should have lost that privilege.
If you are not angry that innocent people are being treated as less than human while this boy who treats everyone else as less than human and thinks he himself is an untouchable god, is not in prison or kicked out of the country, then YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION.