Alleged humorist and “Wishek World Leader” editor Tony Bender calls out Fargo Chief (can you still say chief?) of Police Todd For uttering racist comments. Thug is the latest racial epithet.

According to the smartest guy in McIntosh County, all words matter. That is until they don’t. Thugs were originally robbers and assassins in India. Not any more. The word thug has “evolved”. Therefore we need to be very careful about how this word is used. It could easily be construed as racist.

Which brings us to President Barack Obama’s comment on the Baltimore riots (can you still say riots?) in April 2015.

“That is not a protest. It is not a statement. It’s people, a handful of people, taking advantage of a situation for their own purposes — and they need to be treated as criminals,” said the commander in chief. “. . . A handful of criminals and thugs who tore up the place.”

According to the (white) man who cannot only tell us what all words mean and as an added bonus can tell us what people of color are hearing, former President Obama needs to self examine.