The word thug is a race baiting term. If you don’t mean anything racial by it just don’t use it. Simple. You can google as much information on the subject as you want te educate yourself. The connotation is what it is and if you don’t want to come across racially insensitive just don’t use the term. There is no need to come out swinging when someone merely attempts to clue you in that the term has racial connotation.
I would have thought on a forum where people get banned for mild swears that this sentiment would get more support. Particularly given we support a club that is branding itself as inclusive to indigenous people.
Hmm and it turns out that thuggies were the religion loosely portrayed in Indian Jones and the temple of doom. Although it seems there more akin to a cult or group. Never the less, that was an interesting Wikipedia dive