But moving on from there. Do you not see the explosion of the usage of the word after the media got ahold of it (immediately after Sherman said it) as telling? This "debate" was largely just contrived by the media, an exaggeration of the issue to get attention and "weigh in" on a matter that shouldn't have been a big deal, and in reality wasn't. "America" wasn't calling Sherman a thug. It was some tweets here and there he (may have) read.
Actually for that matter you can substitute "thug" for any of the other epithets hurled at him. Yes there were some, and it was infinitely more classless than what he said (which I agree wasn't that big a deal), but that doesn't paint the whole damn country or even much of it. It's a few fucking morons.
EDIT: and it detracted from what should have been an obvious admission that what he said was goofy and unnecessary. It wasn't "trash talk", it wasn't something cultural. It was just a hot head running his mouth plain and simple.