close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Is "Creepy Ass Cracker" A Racial Slur?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by JBnTX, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. JBnTX

    JBnTX

    20,851
    5,241
    Aug 28, 2008
    Is it a racial slur or just slang for white people?


    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2013/06/28/creepy-ass-crackers-race-and-bias-in-the-zimmerman-trial/

    "Does the use of the word “cracker” in that sense have a racial component? Sure — it means white people, but it also means a certain subset of white people, i.e., Florida natives who have a rural, Southern culture distinct from that of the Northern-born white folks..."

    "It’s possible they meant it as a completely neutral slang term for a white person, but the perceptions of that word seem to have shifted in the younger generation, even for white kids who are native Floridians. My teenager says she perceives “cracker” as a pejorative in most contexts, though she understands it is not nearly as loaded a term as the “n” word."
     
  2. Illini_Glock

    Illini_Glock USAF Veteran

    261
    6
    Dec 28, 2012
    Arizona
    No, because it's aimed at ummm...Caucasians and the double standard is firmly in place.
     

  3. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    43,165
    15,001
    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Possibly depends on the context. In the incident captured in the news recently I suspect it was meant to be derogatory.


    That said, after listening to her for a bit, it would be nearly impossible for Ms. Jeantel to insult me.
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2013
  4. G36's Rule

    G36's Rule Senior Member

    9,373
    85
    Dec 1, 2001
    Spring, TX.
    Is this an honest question?

    Yes, it is a racial term.
     
  5. mikeflys1

    mikeflys1 Pastafarian

    3,649
    8
    Jun 19, 2007
    CT
    Its only OK if we say it.
     
  6. TCMod19

    TCMod19 Save it.

    238
    0
    May 24, 2013
    Of course it is, it also negates whatever racial response they get back.
     
  7. cfrye11

    cfrye11

    436
    1
    Nov 19, 2012
    Black people can not be racist. Don't you know they were all treated horrible as slaves .

    molan labe
     
  8. PPinesRon

    PPinesRon

    463
    7
    Jan 23, 2010
    South Florida
    "Cracker" refers to someone who uses/used a bullwhip, which, has a "crack" sound when snapped.

    When white old-timers referred to "Crackers," they were referring to cowboys, usually those in Florida, who used bullwhips to assist in herding cattle.

    In some black circles, using the term "cracker" is a derogatory term referring to whites that used bullwhips to punish or create a "hostile" work environment (make blacks work harder in the fields); about the same as a white person using the "n" word.
     
  9. Kichigai

    Kichigai 気違い Was Mr30s

    2,061
    3
    Apr 13, 2013
    South Florida
    this thread will be locked down shortly too :whistling:
     
  10. badge315

    badge315

    4,386
    493
    Aug 14, 2008
    Middleburg, FL
    Chris Rock had it right. I can't post the link here due to some salty language, but google "Cracker ass cracker" and you'll see what I mean.
     
  11. ChiefWPD

    ChiefWPD

    3,569
    712
    Dec 25, 2004
    I have been informed of the "rule" that it is not possible for a minority person to be racist. Forgive me, but I've forgotten the logic behind that philosophy.

    I really have been told that, and on more than one occasion. (?)
     
  12. nursetim

    nursetim

    15,092
    8,502
    Mar 1, 2006
    liberalville N. M.
    While correct, growing up in NC, far removed from southern Florida, it was a epithet used against whites.
     
  13. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    11,862
    473
    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    I've been called a 'Cracker' or 'Cracka' many times.

    One co-worker even called me a 'Saltine'. I just laughed, and got a box of crackers. Ritz crackers.

    I put a Ritz against my arm and told this co-worker that my skin was darker than a saltine, so, IF he's gonna call me 'cracka', he better call me Mr. Ritz!!!!

    :supergrin:



    He and I "got along" very well, after that.
     
  14. Spiffums

    Spiffums I.C.P.

    9,373
    48
    Sep 30, 2006
    Cracker and Whitey are both racial slurs as is redneck. All 3 are just as bad as any slur you would call a black or hispanic.
     
  15. GlockPride

    GlockPride Glock 23

    4,620
    188
    Aug 21, 2006
    Just OK
    Yes, cracker is a racial term.
     
  16. G22Dude

    G22Dude

    2,959
    110
    Jan 23, 2009
    This perception is prevalent only because whites have ceded the ground on the issue. There is a way to acknowledge the wrong doing of the past without walking around on egg shells.

    One of my greatest frustrations as a black man is watching the racial extortion in our society today. How can I decry the wrong doing of the past and yet become a hate monger myself. Our country has a history of horrors but we have also made strides to correct things. No act of Congress or rule of man will ever make it right. In a nutshell humans suck.

    There is no reason why a 17 and 19 year old should have so much racial hatred in their hearts. They did not live through Jim Crow. They were not beaten and forced to use separate facilities. These kids live in the lap of luxury compared to their parent's generation. The live in a largely desegregated society, yet they have been taught to hate.

    America is imperfect, but we are not living in 1963.
     
  17. jakebrake

    jakebrake cracker

    7,925
    8
    Jan 11, 2011
    too close to philly
    been called cracker, casper, whitey, etc...

    whatever.
     
  18. Willfulone

    Willfulone CCA Corvette

    503
    2
    Dec 14, 2012
    VA
    Not according to Rachael Jeantel.

    It is a perfectly acceptable term for a white person. :faint:

    In fact, she testified that it is perfectly acceptable term used by her entire culture to refer to Caucasians

    Must be true then

    Will
     
  19. G22Dude

    G22Dude

    2,959
    110
    Jan 23, 2009
    The term culture is the key word in this statement. While Jeantel and many people such as myself may share the same skin color, we don't share the same culture. Ms. Jeantel based on her testimony and twitter account is a hood rat.
     
  20. frank4570

    frank4570

    15,508
    8
    Jun 25, 2004
    No more racial than a white person calling a black person the "n" word.