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The other day while driving out of my neighborhood, we passed a house having a party. We waved at some of the guests and they waved back, but before we were out of earshot (the windows were down in the car) I hear the young black boy exclaim "It's white people".

My wife and I look at each other to confirm we heard right and just laugh.
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rmartinc wrote:
The other day while driving out of my neighborhood, we passed a house having a party. We waved at some of the guests and they waved back, but before we were out of earshot (the windows were down in the car) I hear the young black boy exclaim "It's white people".

My wife and I look at each other to confirm we heard right and just laugh.


A young white boy waved and said "Hi, cracker!" to my husband a year or two ago. I couldn't stop laughing. laugh
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sunkencheerio wrote:
A young white boy waved and said "Hi, cracker!" to my husband a year or two ago. I couldn't stop laughing. laugh


That's a 3 day suspension at my son's high school.
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sunkencheerio wrote:
A young white boy waved and said "Hi, cracker!" to my husband a year or two ago. I couldn't stop laughing. laugh


That's a 3 day suspension at my son's high school.


For calling a white person "cracker"? Is that term even offense? I've always found it hilarious.
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braveheart101 wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
sunkencheerio wrote:
A young white boy waved and said "Hi, cracker!" to my husband a year or two ago. I couldn't stop laughing. laugh


That's a 3 day suspension at my son's high school.


For calling a white person "cracker"? Is that term even offense? I've always found it hilarious.


Yup. It's on the banned words list as a racial slur.

It's derived (supposedly) from a slave owning "Whip cracker".
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Geosphere wrote:
braveheart101 wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
sunkencheerio wrote:
A young white boy waved and said "Hi, cracker!" to my husband a year or two ago. I couldn't stop laughing. laugh


That's a 3 day suspension at my son's high school.


For calling a white person "cracker"? Is that term even offense? I've always found it hilarious.


Yup. It's on the banned words list as a racial slur.

It's derived (supposedly) from a slave owning "Whip cracker".


Huh. Well, as they say...

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Geosphere wrote:
braveheart101 wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
sunkencheerio wrote:
A young white boy waved and said "Hi, cracker!" to my husband a year or two ago. I couldn't stop laughing. laugh


That's a 3 day suspension at my son's high school.


For calling a white person "cracker"? Is that term even offense? I've always found it hilarious.


Yup. It's on the banned words list as a racial slur.

It's derived (supposedly) from a slave owning "Whip cracker".


It is pejorative, but because it tags poor (white) people. It actually has precedents in Shakespeare, so it definitely predates slavery.

By the 1760s the English, both at home and in colonial America, were applying the term cracker to Scots-Irish settlers of the southern backcountry in southern Georgia and northern Florida, as in this passage from a letter to the earl of Dartmouth: "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."
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mister lunch wrote:
"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."

Uh, how does one get from great boaster to cracker? The whip explanation made more sense even if it is wrong.

"That rapscallion from Mary-land did truly crack a great boast." Well no wonder the air was foul!
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This is an etymology long under debate. That's why I threw in the supposedly.

But the point is that those who use it as a racist derogatory term use it as if it were a whip wielder. It doesn't really matter the true origin at that point.
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I always thought cracker meant poor (usually southern) white trash.
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mister lunch wrote:
It actually has precedents in Shakespeare, so it definitely predates slavery.


When do you think slavery began?
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actuaryesquire wrote:
mister lunch wrote:
It actually has precedents in Shakespeare, so it definitely predates slavery.


When do you think slavery began?


Funny, I figured someone would try to pick that nit, but didn't edit my comment anyway.

Sorry I didn't spell it out, but I meant American slavery, since it is most often associated with an American pejorative term and not the Gaelic it descends from.

But folk etymologies often prove very popular, which is why I can understand folks think it came from "whip-cracker".
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I would have though part of the criteria for banned words would have to include me being offended by it... Because my opinions matter most!
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To me a cracker is a biscuit* that you would have cheese or dips with, i.e. a water cracker See pictures here

* Yes that it is the English/Australian version of the word biscuit

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Wow never expected my story to go this direction.

He said it in a surprised way and that was all.
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rmartinc wrote:
Wow never expected my story to go this direction.

He said it in a surprised way and that was all.


Yeah, sorry. I didn't mean to open this can of worms. soblue
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sunkencheerio wrote:
rmartinc wrote:
Wow never expected my story to go this direction.

He said it in a surprised way and that was all.


Yeah, sorry. I didn't mean to open this can of worms. soblue

np, but this is chit chat so I should have expected thread derailment
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I was at a gas station many years ago and a bus drove by. One African American kid leaned out the window and yelled, "What's going on biscuit-head!"

I still laugh about that
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So, why do some people when speaking about someone will say:

"The woman I saw, she's black, did this and this..."

When they mention "black" they whisper it.

???????????
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EgorjLileli wrote:
So, why do some people when speaking about someone will say:

"The woman I saw, she's black, did this and this..."

When they mention "black" they whisper it.

???????????


Because though it may be a reasonable description in context, they don't want to be labeled racist by someone overhearing part of the conversation.
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I learned from my dad, he always called it like he saw it. He wasn't being racist, that is just how he was brought up. But in every race, there are the "politically correct" words and the derogatory words. There's white-cracker, black/negro/african-american/urban/whateveritisforthisdecade - the n word, hispanic/mexican/latino - beaner, etc. The whole point of racism is that it is meant in a derogatory way. So if you call me Joe, I could take that in a derogatory way too, there, you just committed a hate crime, and any government will gladly make an example out of you. This world needs to quit being a big baby and understand that words are how we communicate. Sticks and stones, what happened to that? If you "say something", okay so you said something. I'm not going to be (to quote cards against humanity) a whiny little bitch and have you arrested for it. Cops need to use their time more wisely to go after violent crime, not the people trying to use free speech.

If someone calls you an asshole, take it in stride and own up to it and adjust your attitude or actions for the next encounter to prove them wrong, don't develop road rage because I honked at you for driving like an idiot. Honking back just proves you ARE an idiot.
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