Ahmir Khalib Thompson, better known as Questlove, did not appreciate Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, or anyone else, using the word “thugs” to describe rioters throwing bricks at police, looking businesses and burning buildings.
Mayor Rawlings-Blake at a press conference earlier in the day said:
It is very clear there is a difference between what we saw over the past week with the peaceful protests, those who wish to seek justice, those who wish to be heard, and want answers and the difference between those protests and the thugs who only want to incite violence and destroy our city.
I’m a life-long resident of Baltimore and too many people have spent generations building up this city for it to be destroyed by thugs who in a very senseless way are trying to tear down what so many have fought for.
Questlove, drummer and leader of The Roots, the house band for the Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, appears to have taken issue with this. Taking to Twitter, Questlove cut to the chase:
"Thugs" = Niggers #KnowTheCode
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) April 28, 2015
Mayor Rawlings-Blake is black.
When asked what word should be used, Questlove offered nothing.
@questlove what's the correct word to use for this kind of behavior?
— ShawnfromNewJersey (@ShawnFichtner) April 28, 2015