White people need to stop calling our Black men thugs because it is racist and fails to reflect their character accurately. In our communities, Black men are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, nephews, sons, boyfriends, husbands, friends, and leaders. They are strong men, not boys. They are lovers, not brutes. They are diplomatic directors in our communities, not thugs. When Black men speak, Americans need to listen. They have every right to voice their opinions, peacefully protest, and show discontent with the whole American experiment.