I wrote the following in a comment on a discussion about the
[protests in Charlottesville]. 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] He was an abolitionist who (sadly [unusually] for the
time) actually believed in equality - and he walked his talk.