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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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To: tractorman

Nope.
Crack of a cattle driver’s whip, maybe. Crackers generally weren’t rich enough to own slaves.


51 posted on 06/28/2013 7:08:37 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: traderrob6
I have aleays heard that it’s from the practice of “cracking corn”.

Some say that, but in the 1860's, Grant's supply line into Tennessee was called the 'cracker trail' and the--

--'cracker line'.  Just the same, there was never any record of it being called the 'creepy ass cracker' trail...

52 posted on 06/28/2013 7:11:50 AM PDT by expat_panama
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To: Old Yeller

cracker is a racial slur


53 posted on 06/28/2013 7:34:53 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: Tax-chick
“Cracker” started as a slur based on class, not race.

Yes, and the "N-word" has become a slur based on behavior & attitude. It does not apply exclusively to one race nor to the majority of that particular race.

54 posted on 06/28/2013 7:34:56 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: BwanaNdege

Good point.


55 posted on 06/28/2013 7:35:11 AM PDT by Tax-chick (I want shrimp tacos.)
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To: BwanaNdege
the "N-word" has become a slur based on behavior & attitude. It does not apply exclusively to one race nor to the majority of that particular race.

Exactly. Anyone remember Sheets Byrd talking about white n###ers?

56 posted on 06/28/2013 7:37:33 AM PDT by Marathoner (Sarah Palin is our Esther, for such a time as this)
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To: Old Yeller

“Cracker”is the”N-Word”for”Whiteys”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


57 posted on 06/28/2013 7:58:07 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: Marathoner
Marathoner said: "Anyone remember Sheets Byrd talking about white n###ers? "

What a legacy! I realized the other day that I don't even remember what "Sheets" Byrd's real first name is. ( I finally found it using an internet search.)

58 posted on 06/28/2013 8:07:12 AM PDT by William Tell
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

I don’t care who you are, that right there is funny!


59 posted on 06/28/2013 8:07:31 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Old Yeller

RJ’s Culture Lessons for Crackas:
1. The terms “Crackas” and “Crazy Cracka-azz Pervert” reflect respect and calm affection.
2. You can trust the word of someone who changes their story repeatedly.
3. Signing statements someone else wrote, but that you can’t read, using aliases, repudiating transcripts that match recordings of your voice, etc., depict honesty and careful attention to detail.
4. Withholding critical information about your close friend’s death is ok if you wasn’t akked.
5. A judicial oath to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth means nothing.
6. Comporting oneself in court as a two-year old demonstrates cleverness, intelligence, and respect for your dead friend and his parents.


60 posted on 06/28/2013 8:27:22 AM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: M Kehoe; cripplecreek

I grew up in Michigan during the 60-70s (and, then, I stopped gropwing up!).

“Crackah” was a purjorative terms used by militant negoroes to insult pasty, white (pink) caucasians regardless of their understabnding of racism.

IOW, crackahs are rayciss from the day they was born and will never “progress” to an appropriate understand of the relationship between blacks and whites in the USA.

Short summary: It is a law of natural physics that negroes cannot be racist.


61 posted on 06/28/2013 8:29:35 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: chris37

No


62 posted on 06/28/2013 8:29:51 AM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: MrB

LOL

That was awesome. You should be on Rubio’s staff with that level of talent. “Gotta have the amnesty first so’s we can tax’em!”

Seriously, great post.


63 posted on 06/28/2013 8:33:42 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: M Kehoe

Yep.

The people here who don’t know what they are talking about, and seem to think it refers to slaves and slave owners, should read a bit.

Perhaps they could try:

“Cracker. The Cracker Culture in Florida History”, Dana Ste. Claire, University Press of Florida, printed 2006, 255 pp,

One sentence: “ ‘Cracker’ has long been a racial slur used by African Americans as a contemptuous term for the Souther white.”
(p 35)


64 posted on 06/28/2013 8:37:40 AM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: traderrob6

Y’know, I’ve always wondered... why would Jimmy crack corn if nobody cares?


65 posted on 06/28/2013 8:46:54 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: pepsionice

I grew up in central Alabama in the 60s/70s and did hear the term, enough to know it meant “ignorant redneck poor white trash” and was always derogatory.


66 posted on 06/28/2013 8:54:11 AM PDT by Chewbarkah
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To: fwdude

In architecture school the term “cracker box” refered to the boxy nature of such designs and had nothing to do with the contents of the box, in this case crackers


67 posted on 06/28/2013 9:04:23 AM PDT by r-q-tek86 ("It doesn't matter how smart you are if you don't stop and think" - Dr. Sowell)
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To: Sigurdrifta

Yes.


68 posted on 06/28/2013 9:39:52 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

The term “cracker” has nothing remotely to do with slavery. See “Cracker, The cracker culture in Florida history”. The “crackers” (mostly too poor to own slaves anyway) were mainly of Scots-Irish origin.

The term most likely ha to do with whips they used when they were the Florida “cowboys” (this state used to have some of the biggest herds in the country).

It may also have to do with “cracking” corn, a reference to making moonshine, which was particularly prevalent along the Georgia-Florida border.


69 posted on 06/28/2013 10:35:52 AM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: Sigurdrifta

Don’t care what it says.

I dated a black girl for 7 years. I know what it means.


70 posted on 06/28/2013 11:01:31 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: jjotto

Jimmy Crack Corn?


71 posted on 06/28/2013 11:54:02 AM PDT by hummingbird (So many conspiracies. Not enough time.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers
"Y’know, I’ve always wondered... why would Jimmy crack corn if nobody cares?"

That's what I was thinking, too!

Why didn't they care?!

*snicker*

72 posted on 06/28/2013 11:58:36 AM PDT by hummingbird (So many conspiracies. Not enough time.)
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To: chris37

If you “Don’t care what it says”, then by all means feel free to remain ignorant. The use of the term is offensive now, but that is not how it originally started, and it had nothing to do with slavery. . There are parts of Florida where people rightfully wear that title proudly. They were (and are) a proud, individualistic, stubborn and self-sufficient people. The blacks adopted it somewhat later, probably because some “upper class” whites also looked down on the Scots-Irish

From the same source:

” ‘Cracker’ has long been a racial slur used by African Americans as a contemptuous term for the Southern white.”

That usage became more widespread after the slave period was over,
and about the time the Scots-Irish cowboys were coming in to Florida.

I am of Scots-Irish descent, and I find it to be an extremely offensive racial epithet.(Remember all of the bad terms and violence directed at the Irish immigrants in past history in this country. One historian even suggested that the Irish had it worse than the blacks.) If a black person were to call me that, I would have no trouble in calling him or her a “nigger”.


73 posted on 06/28/2013 1:03:14 PM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: Sigurdrifta

I don’t know if you know this, but black people generally do not base their slang terms and racial slurs on their intricate knowledge of history.

It doesn’t have anything to do with anything other than white people cracking whips, and none of those people who cracked those whips are even alive today, but they call us that anyway. Accuracy matters not a hill of beans, it’s an ignorant racial slur.

It’s what black people call white people. That’s all there is to it.


74 posted on 06/28/2013 1:27:47 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Old Yeller

insanity


75 posted on 06/28/2013 1:29:43 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Mr. K

liberals do not she is a failure


76 posted on 06/28/2013 1:31:59 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Old Yeller

I’m not sure about this but.....http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=georgiablackcrackers


77 posted on 06/28/2013 1:35:19 PM PDT by stboz
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To: Tax-chick

I know - I think I’m arguing with ‘them’ - ie, all the idiots out there who buy this ‘new and improved’ definition. Can’t imagine a FReeper would, of course.


78 posted on 06/28/2013 4:06:57 PM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: bboop

I jumped right over the modern racial squabble to the much more interesting history ;-).


79 posted on 06/28/2013 4:42:30 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I want shrimp tacos.)
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree

I love this comment! LOL.


80 posted on 06/29/2013 9:53:00 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Hotlanta Mike

...because there can’t be any black grievance-mongers. ;)


81 posted on 06/29/2013 10:03:53 PM PDT by bannie
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