The thugs on both sides

I wrote the following in a comment on a discussion about the [protests in Charlottesville][9]. Some people felt that protesters on “both sides” were “thugs.”

I went to school in Kansas. And if you go into the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka you’ll see an imposing mural of a thug: [John Brown][1] He was an abolitionist who (sadly [unusually][8] for the time) actually believed in equality - and he walked his talk.