Welcome back to This Week in Black Twitter, your weekly digest of the happenings on Black Twitter and cultural conversations on the Web. Topics will span the gamut — with pop culture, politics, sports, lifestyles and everything in between. This week: Donald Trump calls protesters 'thugs,' activists oust prosecutors and #ThankYouBlackWomen.

1. After the cancellation of Donald Trump's rally in Chicago on Friday night, the presidential candidate took to Twitter to criticize demonstrators whose protests at his rallies, he said, "have totally energized America."


Even though protesters at Trump's rallies aren't all African-American, there's still a certain connotation and sensitivity surrounding the word "thug" because most often, it's used in reference to black people. Some have even made the case that thug is the new n-word.

This conversation should be familiar to Baltimoreans. Amid the April unrest following the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, President Barack Obama and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake caught heat for calling rioters thugs.

And Trump wasn't the only one to reignite this topic. At a rally for Trump in Tampa, Fla., Sarah Palin decided to call out the "thuggery" of protesters.

Twitter didn't take so well to Trump's or Palin's comments.

In reference to Drake's epic diss to Meek Mill: "Trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers."

Some people believed all parties were to blame for the violence at Trump's rally.

Others were loyal to the billionaire.

But after his victories in the Illinois, North Carolina and Florida primaries on Tuesday, Trump warned of riots if the GOP denied his nomination.

Comedian D.L. Hughley was quick to point out the irony in Trump's remarks.

2. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton weren't the only big winners on Primary Day. Black Lives Matter activists in Chicago and Ohio won big, too.

Voters unseated Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Ohio prosecutor Timothy McGinty.

Alvarez has been criticized for her handling of the Laquan McDonald case. It took 400 days for charges to be filed against the Chicago police officer who shot 17-year-old Laquan 16 times.

McGinty oversaw the investigation into the shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old who was shot while holding a toy gun. McGinty was also criticized after releasing evidence of outside reviews that concluded the officer who shot Tamir acted reasonably.

Using #ByeAnita and #AnitaGone, users celebrate activists' accomplishment of holding prosecutors accountable for their handling of the fatal shootings of unarmed black men.

Looks like the ousting of Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, may be next goal.


To give credit where credit is due, it's also important to mention that the effort to unseat the prosecutors was organized in large part by black women activists.

3. Speaking of black women, Ebony magazine editor Jamilah Lemieux decided to spread some love and appreciation with #ThankYouBlackWomen.

Cosign to the sentiment, but especially that last one. Because without Shonda Rhimes, there would be no TGIT (Thank God It's Thursday) on ABC. And what a sad world that would be.