Skip to comments.Zimmerman Prosecution Star Witness: 'Cracker' Not a Racial Term
Posted on 06/28/2013 5:55:15 AM PDT by Old Yeller
Prosecution star witness Rachel Jeantel, the 19-year-old to whom Trayvon Martin was reportedly speaking while he was being followed by George Zimmerman, admitted again on the stand on Thursday that she had changed her testimony about Zimmermans words. Originally, she told police that after Martin asked Zimmerman why he was following him, Zimmerman answered, What are you talking about? Later, she changed that to, What are you doing around here? As Kathi Belich of WFTV reports, The first answer could indicate #Zimmermanon9 was not following Martin. The second answer could indicate he was following. Jeantel then testified that she had a friend write a letter to Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, stating that Zimmerman had said, What are you doing around here? According to Jeantel, the letter was signed Diamond Eugene. While Jeantel said in testimony that she heard Martin say get off me, the letter made no mention of that. Jeantel also said that she remembered Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump asking her whether the case was racial, and answering yes. Only one problem: that wasnt in the recording Crump provided the defense. Jeantel said she didn't believe "cracker" was a racial term, after testifying yesterday that Martin said that a "creepy ass cracker" was following him.
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Neither is “Negro”.
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Etymologically, she’s correct. “Cracker” started as a slur based on class, not race.
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Today there will be an avalanche of articles from leftist journalists telling whites why they shouldn’t consider ‘cracker’ offensive and accusing anyone who does of racism.
I recently heard that the term “cracker” came from the crack of a slave master’s whip. Not sure if true or not.
Is that as in “cracker box” for a low quality house?
Nah, It’s a term of endearment, right?
And yet on Wednesday, she affirmed that it was a reference to Zimmerman being white.
I thought the term cracker referred to white slaves owners in reference to them cracking a whip to makes slaves work harder or for punishment. Hence, the white slave owner was the "cracker" of the whip.
“I recently heard that the term cracker came from the crack of a slave masters whip. Not sure if true or not.”
Whippersnapper came from the young carriage drivers who stood around waiting for the owners. They’d idly snap their whips. That may be the term you’re thinking of. I believe cracker came from the shape of the poorer people’s houses; resembling cracker boxes.
The left wing race grievers see nothing wrong with crackers...
Who cares if Trayvon Martin called George Zimmerman a creepy ass cracker? White grievance-mongers, thats who
Cracker started as a slur based on class, not race.’
Hey, a slur is a slur is a slur and I’m deeply offended. In fact, I think I’ll go start a riot and be on all the talk shows. :)
I wonder if libtards see her as the product of their policies, and what an absolute FAILURE they have been to the black community
(probably not- her problem is a lack of funding somewhere)
No, that’s simply a reference to something easily crushed. It could have been “cereal box”!
Let's ask the expert.
The “slaveowner” version of the origin appears to be a recent accretion to a word that applied to noisy, uncultured, servant-class people, irrespective of race.
Blacks use it to slur whites.
The term "cracker," came from the state of FL when FL produced the second most cattle in the country. The term is closely associated with "redneck," because the cattlemen cracked their whips to herd the cattle, and had rednecks from staying out in the FL sun.
Almost every black person who is a native Floridian knows what they mean, and that the terms are derogatory.
That dog don't hunt.
Gee I thought that the recipient of the slur got to make that determination. Or is that just for “Holder’s people?”
For your amusement, I will give you some liberal pretzel logic on the word “cracka”...
It is racist for whites to use the term, even when referring to themselves,
because it is a word that belongs to the black culture,
and whites don’t really take offense to it,
and when we use it, we’re making fun of black culture.
Yes! Creepy Ass Cracker could definitely be confused for a term of endearment.
A Black person calling a White person a "cracker" isn't racist, nor is a Black person calling a Jew "a blood-sucking Jew."
The fact is that Black people simply can't be or hold racist views. I believe there was a study done that proved the additional melanin blocks the racism gene, which is dominant in White people, which is why all White people are racist. Good (leftist) White people recognize this, which is why they promote "White Guilt." Bad (Conservative) White people deny this, claiming that people actually have control over their beliefs and actions... As if they're not forced to believe certain things due to their race!
From The New Georgia Encyclopedia
'By the 1760s the English, both at home and in colonial America, were applying the term to Scots-Irish settlers of the southern backcountry, 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." The word then came to be associated with the cowboys of Georgia and Florida, many of them descendants of those early frontiersmen.'
Entymology aside - which really never matters in current word usage - it is too a racial slur, and all the PC re-writers in the world (who I am sure will be out today) will not convince me otherwise. Might be a good name for a new political party, though.
Of course. I was just being tediously didactic.
First, blacks called whites “white bread”...later it was “soda cracker” (saltine), because those crackers are white.
Recently a black person informed me that the call each other “nigga”, as opposed to “nigger”...obviously the “e r” makes it racist...but only IF YOU’RE WHITE. Sounds a little discriminatory to me, I mean, one race allowed to do what another race can’t?
I find it ridiculous that any random person -black or white-can decide what words we can say, or not say.
To quote Obama, “it’s just words...”.
I taught at an inter city school where blacks would refer to each other as niggah....I would write them up for a racial slur. At first my principle informed me it was not considered a slur among blacks. I resisted and told him if we were going to have different rules for skin color then we were perpetrating the inequality of the races. He leaned back in his chair and said I was absolutely right and he would start giving the same punishment for that term no matter what color the student was. Surprisingly some teachers(black) actually voiced objection The principle made it known in no uncertain terms he would not tolerate the use of that term and would take disciplinary action against any faculty that fail to enforce the rule. The word niggah was pretty rare within a month and several black kids were sent to disciplinary school for it use!!!
Yes, and all those living in the hood know this. What with all their education and such.
Wow... good for him. I’d love to shake that principle’s hand.
Cracker means -whip cracker-.
It is a reference to slave owners, and it is a racial slur.
You wait - libs are soon going to assert that white people saying “cracka” are being racist because they are making fun of black people using the term.
Waiting for the first person to call themselves “No Limit Cracka!”
I have aleays heard that it’s from the practice of “cracking corn”. which was a staple food for the poor and uneducated in the south.
Who thinks "There's a nice, friendly looking man over there looking in my direction. I feel threatened."
--so let's continue to eschew obfuscation. The liberal establishment press has Hispanics that have explained how 'gringo' has lost its pejorative, and now we understand from persons of African-American color (please forgive if I have unintentionally offended anyone) that 'cracker' --as in "creepy ass cracker", is merely a term of endearment.
Time to move on...
That’s a good one...
I think the libs’ heads are going to explode when they hear people saying “cracka”.
The main thing they resent is that we don’t take offense to it.
To be honest, I grew up in northern Alabama in the 60s/70s, and never heard the term cracker used. I’m guessing it’s more of a Florida term.
“And yet on Wednesday, she affirmed that it was a reference to Zimmerman being a plumber.”
So crazy ass cracker is a term of endearment?
Come on, folks, get it right...
It wasn’t “crazy ass cracka”,
it was “creepy ass cracka”.
‘Cracker’ got into regular use in the 70’s and 80’s in reference to white crackers (the kind you eat with soup) NOT anything so dramatic as the “cracker” of a whip.
It was a demeaning way to refer to a white person, like calling them white bread.
Yes, it is as bad as ‘the n-word’ but not as bad as the OTHER ‘c-word’
let’s all call each other ‘cracker’ from now on!
Yo, cracka’! I think cracka’ been talkin’ shee-it
Just look at them and say, “So, sue me!”
Howzit goin’ mah cracka?
Use of cracker as derogatory is around 200 years old. Used in Scotland for braggart (an annoying noise), and in the US as short for corncracker (poor white farmer).
Rush just about killed me yesterday. During one of his breaks to commercial which happened right after his discussion of this line, the announcer’s voice said something like, “Rush Limbaugh, the big cracker on the right.”
I see a new rap act in the future....C.W.A. with their first album “Straight Outta Sanford.”