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Philadelphia School District Lawyer Calls Jurors 'Crackers'
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Posted on 12/28/2005 7:43:51 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Philadelphia School District Lawyer Calls Jurors 'Crackers' Attorney Removed As Lead Councel After Racist Comments

POSTED: 10:17 am EST December 28, 2005 UPDATED: 10:25 am EST December 28, 2005

PHILADELPHIA -- Attorney Carl Singley has lost his role as lead counsel in a school district discrimination case after allegations that he called several white jurors "crackers" after their verdict.

The jury had awarded about $3 million in damages to four white plaintiffs who contended that their boss in the Philadelphia School District's purchasing department had fired them in 2003 for racial reasons.

Singley, who is black, was accused of making the comment to jurors in a courthouse elevator after last week's verdict. He soon found himself back in the courtroom before U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: dickwad; doyoulikecrackers; dumbasslawyer; ilikecrackerstoo; jerkwadlawyer; phillymeatball; racistlawyer; slur; twit; whitehaters
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1 posted on 12/28/2005 7:43:51 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

why do i find this event funny?


2 posted on 12/28/2005 7:45:37 AM PST by philsfan24
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To: Sub-Driver

Nothing to see here folks. Just move along. Ignore the double-standard behind the curtain.


3 posted on 12/28/2005 7:45:39 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Sub-Driver
city of brotherly love....

Wrong color of brother apparently

4 posted on 12/28/2005 7:46:05 AM PST by Horatio Gates (Optimist sees the donut, pessimist sees only the hole.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Better to be a Crack-er than a Crack-ho...........


5 posted on 12/28/2005 7:46:23 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: Sub-Driver
Hey, what the John F'ing Kerry is going on here. EVERYONE, EVERY BODY KNOWS that ONLY WHITES can make racially prejudice comments. Blacks do not make racial comments. They get an immediate immunity card from Jessie.
6 posted on 12/28/2005 7:50:41 AM PST by RetiredArmy (I have no faith in any politician or political party any more. They all lie for their agendas.)
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To: Owl_Eagle

Philly PING!!


7 posted on 12/28/2005 7:52:41 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Red Badger

I live 20 miles west of Philly. Believe me... this comes as no surprise considering the mayor. Of course, John Street would have started swinging at the jurors rather than call them names.


8 posted on 12/28/2005 7:52:45 AM PST by libertarianPA
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To: Sub-Driver
Let me get this straight...A black manager fires a bunch of white workers....they sue for discrimination....they win the suit....and the black lawyer for the defendant calls the white folks on the jury racial names....and the Philadelphia school system employed this racist to represent them before a jury? See if you can guess whom I think is really dumb and racist in this contest? Sounds to me like a lawyer needs to be sent to "racial sensitivity" school, or have his law license revoked! What a fool!!
9 posted on 12/28/2005 7:53:31 AM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Do you mean ''bruh-thuh-ly''? :)


10 posted on 12/28/2005 7:54:18 AM PST by aspen64 (Fight crime. Shoot back.)
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To: libertarianPA

Liberal Democrats are so tolerant and intellectual, too!........


11 posted on 12/28/2005 7:54:32 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: RetiredArmy

John Kerry was in Philly during the campaign last year. At the end of his speech, he gave the audience (mostly black) the "black power" sign - raisning his fist in the air.

How f-ing condescending can one party be to an entire race of people??? Do black people think he would have done the same thing to an audience of white people?


12 posted on 12/28/2005 7:55:03 AM PST by libertarianPA
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To: Sub-Driver

Cracka'! Cracka'-ass cracka'! You cracka'-ass cracka' don't make me put my foot up your cracka'-ass, cracka'!


13 posted on 12/28/2005 7:55:31 AM PST by Freedom_no_exceptions (No actual, intended, or imminent victim = no crime. No exceptions.)
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To: Sub-Driver

probably the first time i have ever seen a black being disciplined for making racially insensitive remarks towards whites


14 posted on 12/28/2005 7:55:46 AM PST by mfnorman
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To: philsfan24
Why do i find this event funny?

...because the genius lawyer proved the point that those who were suing were trying to make. LOL

15 posted on 12/28/2005 7:56:11 AM PST by madison10
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To: Freedom_no_exceptions

How did the word "cracker" as a derogatory word towards whites come out? Anyone know?


16 posted on 12/28/2005 7:57:00 AM PST by Hildy (Keyboard warrior princess - typing away for truth, justice and the American way!)
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To: Sub-Driver

" he called several white jurors "crackers" after their verdict."

I love Saltine crackers with chili. Graham crackers are another favorite. I just love crackers of all kinds.
I would be honored to be called a cracker.


17 posted on 12/28/2005 7:58:03 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Never bring a knife to a gun fight, or a Democrat to do serious work...)
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To: Hildy

Cracker = Georgia white man.

Because if you're from the south, you're obviously a racist.


18 posted on 12/28/2005 7:58:09 AM PST by libertarianPA
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To: Sub-Driver

80% of all black's in America, racist hate for white America bump and 100% of all white liberals hate for white America.


19 posted on 12/28/2005 7:59:33 AM PST by sasafras ("Licentiousness destroyes order, and when chaos ensues, the yearning for order will destroy freedom.)
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To: Hildy

Look in Wikipedia under "White cracker."


20 posted on 12/28/2005 8:00:10 AM PST by Freedom_no_exceptions (No actual, intended, or imminent victim = no crime. No exceptions.)
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To: Sub-Driver

21 posted on 12/28/2005 8:01:33 AM PST by hoosierboy
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

I prefer "Honkey".

"Honkey is a racial epithet used for white people. It was made popular by a man named George Jefferson in the 1970's. You see, he and his wife wheezy owned a dry-cleanin' business, and moved on up to the East Side to a de-luxe apartment in the sky. They finally got a piece of the pie." -Silky Johnson, 2004 Hater of the Year

Owl_Eagle

(If what I just wrote makes you sad or angry,

 it was probably sarcasm)

22 posted on 12/28/2005 8:04:23 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Hildy

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_cracker

i love this term.


23 posted on 12/28/2005 8:04:33 AM PST by philsfan24
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To: Sub-Driver
Racist Idiots!

    Black Power!                      White Power!
    Right on Brother man!

           ...I will never understand Democrats.

24 posted on 12/28/2005 8:07:08 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: Hildy

Cracker refers to the whip cracker. The man who whipped the slaves.


25 posted on 12/28/2005 8:08:14 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Actually, that won't hurt his career one bit if he's black.

Jesse Jackson got to call New York "Hymietown" and he's still doing just fine.
26 posted on 12/28/2005 8:08:58 AM PST by Bon mots
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To: Sub-Driver

The guy is obviously an idiot, but why was he in front of a judge after the comment? He has the right to say whatever he wants.


27 posted on 12/28/2005 8:10:10 AM PST by 1L
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To: Owl_Eagle

Hey I know that guy, he ruined my business suit. Never take your dry cleaning to that Jefferson guy.


28 posted on 12/28/2005 8:11:46 AM PST by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: libertarianPA

Interestingly enough, the Negro League baseball team in Atlanta was called the Atlanta Black Crackers.


29 posted on 12/28/2005 8:15:31 AM PST by You Dirty Rats (I Love Free Republic!)
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To: You Dirty Rats

There's still a Negro League? We should have a white athlete try out and then sue for discrimination when he doesn't make the team.


30 posted on 12/28/2005 8:16:55 AM PST by libertarianPA
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To: mfnorman

He wasn't diciplined, he was taken off this appeal as the lead. His firm still has the School Board contract. Even though the Mayor doesn't run the Board this still fits in with his racial comments from last year when he said WE are in charge.


31 posted on 12/28/2005 8:20:47 AM PST by mortal19440
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To: 1L
guy is obviously an idiot, but why was he in front of a judge after the comment? He has the right to say whatever he wants.
A lawyer is officially an "officer of the court." I suppose that makes his treatment of jurors the judge's business. Reckon what the judge woulda said to a white lawyer who'd used the N word with some black jurors!

32 posted on 12/28/2005 8:21:16 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: Sub-Driver

City of Brothers on drugs...


33 posted on 12/28/2005 8:26:38 AM PST by 1ofmanyfree ("Funny thing about time, it heals all wounds ...and it wounds all heels.")
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To: You Dirty Rats
Interestingly enough, the Negro League baseball team in Atlanta was called the Atlanta Black Crackers.


There was also a team just called the Crackers made up of white players.

34 posted on 12/28/2005 8:27:01 AM PST by Mushinronshasan
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To: CougarGA7

Thought you might find this entertaining.


35 posted on 12/28/2005 8:27:39 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim ("We're a meat-based society.")
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To: Sub-Driver
Well, he apologyzed so why does he have to be removed!!

/s

36 posted on 12/28/2005 8:27:41 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Oyster crackers are awesome tomato soup... add a little cheese to the mix = heaven on a chilly day ;-)


37 posted on 12/28/2005 8:28:48 AM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: libertarianPA
What I'd really like to say about that bas*ard would set this site a fire and get me banned. My mother would slap my face, my wife disown me. But, they all know how I feel anyway.
38 posted on 12/28/2005 8:29:18 AM PST by RetiredArmy (I have no faith in any politician or political party any more. They all lie for their agendas.)
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To: Hildy
From Etymonline (etymology online)...

Cracker, Southern U.S. derogatory term for "poor, white trash" (1766), is from c.1450 crack "to boast" (e.g. not what it's cracked up to be), originally a Scottish word. Especially of Georgians by 1808, though often extended to residents of northern Florida.

"I should explain to your Lordship what is meant by crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas and Georgia, who often change their places of abode." [1766, G. Cochrane]

And from Phrasesonline.org.UK (a good source for such) is this...

Grady McWhiney, in "Cracker Culture: Celtic Ways in the Old South," (The University of Alabama Press, 1988) makes a distinction concerning the term CRACKER and tries to reclaim the term that is now used as a slur. He says that "cracker," in Scotch-Irish dialect meant "a person who talked boastingly." Later the term Crackers came to mean a Scotch-Irishmen, a particular group of people. McWhiney says Cracker eventually became a disparaging term and Crackers were equated with "poor whites."

He quotes historian Lewis C. Gray, in "History of Agriculture in the Southern United States to 1860," as associating the term Cracker with other slurs: "The distinctive characteristics of poor whites were recognized in the various special appellations by which they were contemptuously known in different parts of the South, such as, 'piney-woods people,' 'dirt-eaters,' 'clay-eaters,' 'tallow-faced gentry,' 'sand-hillers,' and 'crackers.'"

McWhiney asserts that Crackers are a distinctive ethnic group - the Scotch-Irish - and is appalled that, ".in a nation in which slurs based upon race, ethnicity, or religion have become strictly taboo, it is still acceptable to lampoon Crackers as a group."


39 posted on 12/28/2005 8:31:10 AM PST by Dark Skies ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: Sub-Driver

HAHAH ... he fired some white peeps in 2003 for racial reasons... then when the verdict awards to the plantiffs 3mil, he has an outburst calling the jurors crackers .. uhm sorry bub, but you just lost any and all chances of getting any appeals in this case... now cough up the 3 mil in bones..


40 posted on 12/28/2005 8:31:49 AM PST by Element187
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To: libertarianPA

"John Kerry was in Philly during the campaign last year. At the end of his speech, he gave the audience (mostly black) the "black power" sign - raisning his fist in the air."

That is truly, truly, one of the faggiest things I've ever heard of. What a fake phoney white boy he is. LOL! If I was black that would have lost him my vote right on the spot.


41 posted on 12/28/2005 8:31:56 AM PST by jocon307 (Still mourning the loss of CBS FM)
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To: 1L
The guy is obviously an idiot, but why was he in front of a judge after the comment? He has the right to say whatever he wants.

He's an officer of the court and he does not get to say "whatever he wants" to a jury. If the judge does not slap this clown hard, the judge needs slapped around too.

42 posted on 12/28/2005 8:33:02 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Dark Skies

Thank you!


43 posted on 12/28/2005 8:39:32 AM PST by Hildy (Keyboard warrior princess - typing away for truth, justice and the American way!)
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To: Hildy
How did the word "cracker" as a derogatory word towards whites come out? Anyone know?

Cracker used to be the term of choice in Georgia for rural whites. The more generic 'redneck' has now largely displaced the term. Before the Braves moved from Milwaukee to play in the recently constructed (at that time) Atlanta Stadium, the facility was the home to the Atlanta Crackers of the AAA Southern League.

The joke is that you can call a native Georgian a 'Cracker' and he won't be insulted - just like a real redneck will laugh at a Jeff Foxworthy 'You may be a redneck...' joke.

44 posted on 12/28/2005 8:39:35 AM PST by PAR35
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To: Red Badger

Im a Craker,
He's a Cracker,
Wouldnt you like to be a Craker too?


45 posted on 12/28/2005 8:39:51 AM PST by DogBarkTree
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To: philsfan24

Me too. I would not even think it was racist to call me cracker...I would just look at the person like they were from another planet. What does that mean anyway Cracker. The guy should still be part of the case. Why can't we all be adults.


46 posted on 12/28/2005 8:41:28 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: sasafras

Where did you get these stats??? Just kidding.


47 posted on 12/28/2005 8:44:14 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: PAR35

There is a new derogatory term for clueless white Georgians -- a "Rocker".


48 posted on 12/28/2005 8:46:01 AM PST by You Dirty Rats (I Love Free Republic!)
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To: Dark Skies

If it wasn't for the South we would not have any of this nonsense. LOL.


49 posted on 12/28/2005 8:47:01 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Dark Skies; Hildy
Reading 'Dark Skies' well researched post reminds me that the proper insult for a Cracker is 'Peckerwood', an obvious derivitive of 'woodpecker' and a more specific insulting term for the lowland or midland poor whites who live in the piney woods.

And does anyone think we could be having this discussion about any group other than southern white males?

50 posted on 12/28/2005 8:47:07 AM PST by PAR35
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