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Zimmerman Prosecution Star Witness: 'Cracker' Not a Racial Term
Breitbart ^ | 06/27/13 | Ben Shapiro

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 Zimmerman’s 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 wasn’t 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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1 posted on 06/28/2013 5:55:15 AM PDT by Old Yeller
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To: Old Yeller

Neither is “Negro”.


2 posted on 06/28/2013 5:56:03 AM PDT by Old Sarge (My "KMA List" is growing daily...)
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To: Old Yeller

Paragraphs are our FRiends.

Etymologically, she’s correct. “Cracker” started as a slur based on class, not race.


3 posted on 06/28/2013 5:56:57 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I want shrimp tacos.)
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To: Tax-chick

Auto-excerpt screws up the paragraphs.


4 posted on 06/28/2013 5:58:23 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Cracker Barrel is racist and I demand that they change their name.)
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To: Old Yeller

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.


5 posted on 06/28/2013 5:58:54 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Tax-chick

I recently heard that the term “cracker” came from the crack of a slave master’s whip. Not sure if true or not.


6 posted on 06/28/2013 5:59:45 AM PDT by tractorman (I never miss a chance to tweak a liberal.)
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To: Tax-chick

Is that as in “cracker box” for a low quality house?


7 posted on 06/28/2013 6:00:26 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Old Yeller

Nah, It’s a term of endearment, right?


8 posted on 06/28/2013 6:00:34 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Old Yeller

And yet on Wednesday, she affirmed that it was a reference to Zimmerman being white.


9 posted on 06/28/2013 6:00:41 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Tax-chick
Etymologically, she’s correct. “Cracker” started as a slur based on class, not race.

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.

10 posted on 06/28/2013 6:02:13 AM PDT by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: tractorman

“I recently heard that the term “cracker” came from the crack of a slave master’s 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.


11 posted on 06/28/2013 6:02:21 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Old Yeller

The left wing race grievers see nothing wrong with crackers...

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

http://www.salon.com/2013/06/27/crackers_please…/


12 posted on 06/28/2013 6:02:35 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Tax-chick

“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. :)


13 posted on 06/28/2013 6:03:04 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Old Yeller

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)


14 posted on 06/28/2013 6:03:39 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: fwdude

No, that’s simply a reference to something easily crushed. It could have been “cereal box”!


15 posted on 06/28/2013 6:04:16 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I want shrimp tacos.)
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To: Old Yeller
'Cracker' Not a Racial Term

Let's ask the expert.

16 posted on 06/28/2013 6:04:39 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration of Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: Go Gordon; tractorman; Gen.Blather

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.


17 posted on 06/28/2013 6:06:47 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I want shrimp tacos.)
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To: Old Yeller

Blacks use it to slur whites.


18 posted on 06/28/2013 6:08:08 AM PDT by mfish13 (ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!!)
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To: Gen.Blather
Hi.

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.

5.56mm

19 posted on 06/28/2013 6:08:09 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: Old Sarge

Gee I thought that the recipient of the slur got to make that determination. Or is that just for “Holder’s people?”


20 posted on 06/28/2013 6:08:43 AM PDT by Clay Moore ("In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: mfish13

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.

Got it?


21 posted on 06/28/2013 6:10:36 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: Old Yeller

Yes! Creepy Ass Cracker could definitely be confused for a term of endearment.


22 posted on 06/28/2013 6:12:09 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Old Yeller
I think that everyone is missing the proven fact that NOTHING a Black person says is racists, since Blacks "can't be racist," as we've been told over and over again.

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!

Mark

23 posted on 06/28/2013 6:13:06 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: tractorman
Boasters

From The New Georgia Encyclopedia

http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-552

'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.'

24 posted on 06/28/2013 6:13:43 AM PDT by freebilly
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To: Tax-chick

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.


25 posted on 06/28/2013 6:27:22 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: bboop
it is too a racial slur

Of course. I was just being tediously didactic.

26 posted on 06/28/2013 6:30:52 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I want shrimp tacos.)
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To: tractorman

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...”.


27 posted on 06/28/2013 6:32:06 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Old Yeller

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!!!


28 posted on 06/28/2013 6:37:23 AM PDT by ontap (ion. Would you suggest that that organization)
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To: Tax-chick
Etymologically, she’s correct. “Cracker” started as a slur based on class, not race.

Yes, and all those living in the hood know this. What with all their education and such.

29 posted on 06/28/2013 6:37:26 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: ontap

Wow... good for him. I’d love to shake that principle’s hand.


30 posted on 06/28/2013 6:39:14 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: Old Yeller

Cracker means -whip cracker-.

It is a reference to slave owners, and it is a racial slur.


31 posted on 06/28/2013 6:40:01 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: FrankR

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.


32 posted on 06/28/2013 6:40:18 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: MrB

Waiting for the first person to call themselves “No Limit Cracka!”


33 posted on 06/28/2013 6:43:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Gen.Blather

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.


34 posted on 06/28/2013 6:44:26 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Old Yeller
If there's nothing derogatory about "cracker", why was Travon concerned about being approaced by one?

Who thinks "There's a nice, friendly looking man over there looking in my direction. I feel threatened."

35 posted on 06/28/2013 6:45:03 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Tax-chick
I was just being tediously didactic.

--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...

36 posted on 06/28/2013 6:45:29 AM PDT by expat_panama
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To: dfwgator

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.


37 posted on 06/28/2013 6:45:56 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: MrB

Cracka, please!


38 posted on 06/28/2013 6:46:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MrB
shuddup cracka..

;)

39 posted on 06/28/2013 6:48:31 AM PDT by Ghost of SVR4
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To: M Kehoe

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.


40 posted on 06/28/2013 6:48:59 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: william clark

“And yet on Wednesday, she affirmed that it was a reference to Zimmerman being a plumber.”


41 posted on 06/28/2013 6:49:01 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Old Yeller

So crazy ass cracker is a term of endearment?


42 posted on 06/28/2013 6:54:57 AM PDT by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Come on, folks, get it right...

It wasn’t “crazy ass cracka”,

it was “creepy ass cracka”.


43 posted on 06/28/2013 6:56:02 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: tractorman

‘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’


44 posted on 06/28/2013 6:57:53 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: MrB

let’s all call each other ‘cracker’ from now on!

Yo, cracka’! I think cracka’ been talkin’ shee-it


45 posted on 06/28/2013 7:01:05 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: MrB

Just look at them and say, “So, sue me!”


46 posted on 06/28/2013 7:01:49 AM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Mr. K

Howzit goin’ mah cracka?


47 posted on 06/28/2013 7:03:41 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: Mr. K

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).


48 posted on 06/28/2013 7:05:40 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Old Yeller

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.”


49 posted on 06/28/2013 7:06:17 AM PDT by MarDav
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To: MrB

I see a new rap act in the future....C.W.A. with their first album “Straight Outta Sanford.”


50 posted on 06/28/2013 7:07:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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