"Hateful and totalitarian." —James Taranto
Just so I get the etiquette right, is it OK now for me to refer to Mr. Rangal as a nigger?Jest askin'!
That depends. Do you come from a parallel universe where black people enslaved, lynched, and disenfranchised whites for a couple of centuries, leading to a racial inequity that still hasn't been fully redressed?Then yeah, you'd be entitled to a little verbal payback, in the unlikely event that you had that background.
Steve, come on, it's totally okay for white people to call themselves crackers! It really does exist in perfect symmetry with the n-word.
Only a Cracker thinks that being called a Cracker is the same as being called a Nigger.Oh, and anyone who wants to, is free to go and express their free speech by going down to Mr. Rangel's district, and use the word Nigger "liberally."And be sure to call Rep. Rangel that, when you're talking to the people who live there.But if you're not faster than Mr. Bolt, it might get tough to practice your free speech rights with shattered teeth, a broken jaw, and fractured eye-sockets.That idiotic receiver from the Eagles was so brave, he shouted that word at a Kenny Chesney concert.A Kenny Chesney concert!WOW!The BALLS on that fucking SOB!!!That's not too much different from Crackers using that word at Klan rallies.Try that at a JZ show, son, and see how many black men you can beat the shit out of, there.It's the 21st Century, and for too many white people, it's still the early 20th, if not the mid 19th, Century.
"But if you're not faster than Mr. Bolt, it might get tough to practice your free speech rights with shattered teeth, a broken jaw, and fractured eye-sockets."I'm pretty sure almost all white people have that profile down pat.
I'm outraged by Rangel's comment...as a grammarian. "White cracker" is redundant.
Everyone knows the greatest injustice in the history of everything ever is that Those People get away with saying "cracker" like they own the place, but good, patriotic True (White) Americans can't casually use the "N-word" in public without getting dirty looks and/or cussed at.boo hoo hoo it's so unfair
A couple of commenters here betray an ignorance of the usage of the word "cracker." It is true that Rangel used it in a pejorative way, but "cracker" does not in any way hold the weight of the term "nigger." When I was growing up in Florida, where I live now, native-born Floridians commonly -- and proudly -- referred to themselves as crackers. In Georgia, until the team folded when the Milwaukee Braves moved to Atlanta, the city's minor-league baseball team was called the Atlanta Crackers. The Florida Cracker Trail follows an old cattle trail from Bradenton east to Fort Pierce & is labeled as such with historical markers. (One origin of the term cracker has it that it comes from cowboys cracking their whips. Another has it coming from slaveholders cracking their whips.) Cracker Country is a living history museum on the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa & has state support. Today it is common for realtors to advertise certain bungalows as "cracker-style." Now try substituting the word "nigger" for "cracker" in those applications I've mentioned. Then apologize for trying to equate the two words.Marie Burnswww.RealityChex.com
Then there's my good friend Betty Cracker---
"But if you're not faster than Mr. Bolt, it might get tough to practice your free speech rights with shattered teeth, a broken jaw, and fractured eye-sockets."Oh dear, a bit like that poor Mr. Zimmerman, then!
It's all in the context and country.i.e. in England if a female is referred to as a cracker it means she's stunningly attractive. It is also said that a group of females were crackers (stunning).Someone who is called crackers or a cracker in both England and Aus is 'nuts'(a bit of a fool.)in this sense an Ausie might call R 'crackers'The question that is begging is if he was to be in Australia or England and called crackers should he get on his high horse and cry 'racism?'? Should an Aussie tourist be charge for calling R a crackers in America?In logic the my original statement should apply....Context is every thing.
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