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Crackers, please…
Salon ^ | June 27, 2013 | Joan Walsh

Posted on 06/28/2013 8:02:10 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi

Who cares if Trayvon Martin called George Zimmerman a “creepy ass cracker”? White grievance-mongers, that’s who

Finally people on the right have begun to see that there may be an aspect of racism at the heart of the Trayvon Martin case – and predictably, it’s against accused killer George Zimmerman.

On Wednesday prosecution witness Rachel Jeantel, who was on her cellphone with Martin while he was being pursued by Zimmerman, actually testified that Martin told her he was being followed by “a creepy ass cracker.” But it wasn’t until Thursday that it blew up the right wing of the Internet – when Jeantel offered the badgering defense attorney Don West her opinion that the term isn’t racist.

From Glenn Beck’s the Blaze to the Breitbots to smaller right-wing shriekers to Twitter trolls everywhere, white grievance-mongers seemed less bothered by the fact that Martin allegedly used the term, than by Jeantel saying it wasn’t a slur.

For the record: I have been known to say “Jesus Christ on a cracker,” and I want to make clear I am not praying for the Son of God to jump a white person.

My God, don’t these people get tired of themselves? So much of the trumped-up racial upset on the right, generally, is about language: If black people can use the N-word, why can’t we? (Even Paula Deen tried to use that as self-defense at first.) Now we’re moving on to: If the N-word is racist and forbidden, words like “cracker” should be, too.

But “cracker” has never had the same power to demean, or to exile, or to sting. No social order has ever been devised whereby African-Americans oppress people they deride as “crackers.”

We don’t even really know where the term comes from. I’ve seen it suggested that enslaved black people invented it because of the “crack” of the slavemaster’s whip, but it was used by planter class elites to describe the hardscrabble Scots-Irish dating back to the late 18thcentury. (Both meanings could be true.) If it’s demeaning at all — and some white Southerners have embraced it — it derives from white-on-white snobbery. But like most discussions of white class distinctions in this country, this one will be preempted … because black racism!

Still, I’m not sure why Zimmerman defense attorney Don West zeroed in on Martin’s use of the term, or even less relevant, what Jeantel thought it meant. (For the record, she seemed to focus on the “crazy ass” part and said she thought Martin was trying to describe a “pervert” pursuing him, which is why she said she told him to run away.) Those shocked by the fact that she didn’t see a racial slur in Martin calling Zimmerman “cracker” might note that she also said her friend told her “the nigga is behind me,” right before Zimmerman caught up to Martin. Maybe that proves Martin is the real racist!

On the week that the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act because we’ve supposedly come so far in eradicating racism, there’s a perverse kind of political poetry in the outcry on the right over the use of the word “cracker” here. Let’s remember: a white and Latino man is on trial for killing a young black man, in a clash that began because the white/Latino man thought the black man was hanging around someplace where he didn’t belong, looking “like he’s up to no good.” But let’s freak out over the victim reportedly describing the accused as a “cracker.” Crackers, please …


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1 posted on 06/28/2013 8:02:10 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Barforama!


2 posted on 06/28/2013 8:04:00 AM PDT by vpintheak (We are the the God blessed chosen few! Be thankful for it!)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Hit dog howls.


3 posted on 06/28/2013 8:04:33 AM PDT by Norm Lenhart
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

I’m ready for my “Creepy-Ass Cracker” T-Shirt!!


4 posted on 06/28/2013 8:05:57 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracker)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Guess they are lucky we aren’t like themselves and riot huh?


5 posted on 06/28/2013 8:06:05 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
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6 posted on 06/28/2013 8:06:47 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
No social order has ever been devised whereby African-Americans oppress people they deride as “crackers.”

Except, you know, the current social order where white people are systematically discriminated against in hiring, college admissions, media bias, government contracting, etc.

7 posted on 06/28/2013 8:07:13 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo ( Walker 2016)
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To: skeeter

Your prediction is indeed bearing out...


8 posted on 06/28/2013 8:07:18 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
I'm beginning to believe what passes for journalism might actually be the products of arts and crafts sessions at the lunatic asylum.
9 posted on 06/28/2013 8:08:07 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

This woman is execrable.

She’s quite partisan and quite stupid.

‘Pod.


10 posted on 06/28/2013 8:08:27 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

We’re laughing at it, we’re having fun with it.

Cracka, please!


11 posted on 06/28/2013 8:08:28 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
in all actuality, the term that we're not supposed to ever say for some reason is a real term....Niger is a country in Africa...Negroid is an actual word....why adding a "g" to the the name of a country (Niger) is supposed to be so horrible I'll never know....

now put the words "creepy ass" in front of it,now you're talking..

12 posted on 06/28/2013 8:10:08 AM PDT by cherry
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

The leftards don’t want justice. They want a conviction.


13 posted on 06/28/2013 8:10:12 AM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

I tried to understand the point this author was trying to make. Her writing just doesn’t make sense.


14 posted on 06/28/2013 8:10:14 AM PDT by liege (You don't drive out the darkness; you turn on the light.)
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To: TexasCajun
I'll take a Creepy Ass Cracka T-shirt and a ball cap.
Maybe even a bumper sticker that says Creepy Ass Cracka Truck.
15 posted on 06/28/2013 8:10:36 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
"But “cracker” has never had the same power to demean, or to exile, or to sting."

Well Joan you ignorant ____, there are probably a lot of things that are said that don't have the power to demean, exile, or sting. That hasn't stopped the PC police from viciously attacking someone who says something they disagree with. Politicians have lost elections, people have lost jobs, students at universities have been harassed and bullied by administrators, and any number of people have been silenced by overlords like your pissy self.

16 posted on 06/28/2013 8:11:15 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
They are really ginning up the riots for when...(and after that disastrous performance of the star witness, I say when, not if)...Zimmerman is acquitted.

Take a look at some of the bilge the left is spewing on Drudge (he has four or five stories on the case). The left is basically saying that Trayvon's girlfriend was a perfect witness, but the all white jury can't see it because they don't understand black culture and can't get past her weight and ghetto accent. Like I said, ginning up riots...

17 posted on 06/28/2013 8:11:48 AM PDT by apillar
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To: clintonh8r

They want “Social Justice.”


18 posted on 06/28/2013 8:12:02 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: TigersEye

I’m thinking of changing my Freeper name to “No Limit Cracka.”


19 posted on 06/28/2013 8:12:37 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Timber Rattler

Progressives employ paint-by-numbers logic.


20 posted on 06/28/2013 8:13:10 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: apillar
The left thinks they know what the jurors are thinking?
That's retarted, Sir.
21 posted on 06/28/2013 8:13:56 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: Enterprise

Appropriate response from a crackuh: What’d you call me mo’ fo’?


22 posted on 06/28/2013 8:14:15 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Why would a black male describe a white male as a n*gga..?

Cuz n*gga means “male”.

And HO means female.

Sad huh..? But datS da TRUFF.


23 posted on 06/28/2013 8:14:59 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
But “cracker” has never had the same power to demean, or to exile, or to sting. No social order has ever been devised whereby African-Americans oppress people they deride as “crackers.”

Ah... the author reveals the heart of her grievance - that blacks have no word that causes oppression to white people.

We need to start greeting each other with "whuddup ma'cracka?".

24 posted on 06/28/2013 8:15:07 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
So George Zimmerman is evil because he allegedly racially profiled Trayvon Martin, but Trayvon Martin had every right to racially profile George Zimmerman.

See how that works?

25 posted on 06/28/2013 8:15:07 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who could have known that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional news?)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Gooood cracker!..........

26 posted on 06/28/2013 8:15:29 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
If black people can use the N-word, why can’t we?

This is the second article I've read this mornign that suggests white folks have dedicated their lives to finding ways of saying the N-word and getting a way with it.

Quite silly.

27 posted on 06/28/2013 8:15:41 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy ( Because police powers are essential to the public good that abusing them is so offensive.)
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To: dfwgator

And that upsets them to no end.... ma’cracka.


28 posted on 06/28/2013 8:16:03 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

I’m going to start my own rap group, C.W.A.

Our first CD “Straight Outta Sanford” should be out soon.


29 posted on 06/28/2013 8:16:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Ahh, you dog! That’ll be best new handle of the year. ;^)


30 posted on 06/28/2013 8:16:28 AM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

... said the thoroughly white elitist snob Salon editor 1% cracker ...


31 posted on 06/28/2013 8:18:37 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Enterprise

Yeah, it’s come to pass that groups of black youths don’t use racial slurs against whites they want to demean or oppress - they just beat them to death, starting with a sucker punch.


32 posted on 06/28/2013 8:18:57 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Ah, it was refreshing to read my morning dose of uber intellect from that bastion of high IQ lib arts majors.

The best part was thanking my lucky stars that I had the good luck to actually get sufficient training in logic whilst at university.

Salon, take your race baiting and shove it up your smelly collective Obamas.


33 posted on 06/28/2013 8:19:46 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
The writer almost sounds sane, then suddenly doesn't sound sane at all.

The sort of racism she is missing is like accidentally stepping on a garden rake that's lying on the ground and having the handle fly up and smack you in the face.

She should step on that rake a few more times until she gets the clue, then come back to class for show and tell with something worth talking about.

That might work for her, but my guess is she'll just want to ban garden rakes. Clueless is as clueless does.

34 posted on 06/28/2013 8:19:48 AM PDT by GBA (Our obamanation: Animal Farm meets 1984 in A Brave New World. Crony capitalism, chaos and control.)
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35 posted on 06/28/2013 8:20:51 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi; Bender2

36 posted on 06/28/2013 8:20:52 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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37 posted on 06/28/2013 8:22:17 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Your link doesn’t go to the story.


38 posted on 06/28/2013 8:22:31 AM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

another apologist. The comments on that article for the most part make me ill. I see so many stupid people.


39 posted on 06/28/2013 8:23:11 AM PDT by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
My God, don’t these people get tired of themselves? So much of the trumped-up racial upset on the right, generally, is about language: If black people can use the N-word, why can’t we? (Even Paula Deen tried to use that as self-defense at first.) Now we’re moving on to: If the N-word is racist and forbidden, words like “cracker” should be, too.

But “cracker” has never had the same power to demean, or to exile, or to sting. No social order has ever been devised whereby African-Americans oppress people they deride as “crackers.” We don’t even really know where the term comes from.

If were talking about pumpernickel crackers, I'm pretty sure someone on the left would get upset.


40 posted on 06/28/2013 8:23:33 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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41 posted on 06/28/2013 8:25:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

What’s ironic, is that the whites that get the S*** beaten out of them by hateful gang members are more likely to be liberals then conservatives since it usually happens to whites living in the big cities.


42 posted on 06/28/2013 8:25:36 AM PDT by MNDude (Sorry for typos. Probably written on a smartphone, and I have big clumsy fingers.)
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To: sauropod

But Laz would hit it..


43 posted on 06/28/2013 8:25:59 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
I never understood why blacks call whites "crackers". Calling someone a cracker openly acknowledges subservience.

(A cracker was the guy who cracked the whip when they weren't working hard enough.)

So why "cracker"? Go figure.

44 posted on 06/28/2013 8:26:45 AM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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45 posted on 06/28/2013 8:27:16 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
“Jesus Christ on a cracker,” and I want to make clear I am not praying for the Son of God to jump a white person.

No. Instead, you are ridiculing and chiding Roman Catholics. Drop dead!

46 posted on 06/28/2013 8:27:16 AM PDT by ThomasMore (Islam is the Whore of Babylon!)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
No social order has ever been devised whereby African-Americans oppress people they deride as “crackers.”

Yes it has: Virginia Beach Elementary Schools in the early 1970s.

47 posted on 06/28/2013 8:27:19 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

What a biotch. Of course that’s not a sexist term, just a term of endearment for over-educated, intellectually poverty stricken, white, guilt ridden liberal women....


48 posted on 06/28/2013 8:28:18 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
I noticed something else:

For the record: I have been known to say “Jesus Christ on a cracker,” and I want to make clear I am not praying for the Son of God to jump a white person.

Then what does that phrase mean?

For the record: I want to make clear that this is a rhetorical question. No one who is intelligent enough to see through her sorry excuse for cogent reasoning would mistake the phrase for anything close to a prayer.

Actually, I apologize; that last sentence of mine was a little hasty. We must be understanding of those loyal readers of hers who don't know what a prayer is.

49 posted on 06/28/2013 8:29:36 AM PDT by Lonely Bull
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Creepy and The Ass Crackers— Sounds like a pedophile rock band....


50 posted on 06/28/2013 8:31:46 AM PDT by freebilly
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