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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Crack of a cattle driver’s whip, maybe. Crackers generally weren’t rich enough to own slaves.
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...
cracker is a racial slur
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.
Exactly. 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.)
I don’t care who you are, that right there is funny!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Y’know, I’ve always wondered... why would Jimmy crack corn if nobody cares?
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.
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
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.
Don’t care what it says.
I dated a black girl for 7 years. I know what it means.
Jimmy Crack Corn?
That's what I was thinking, too!
Why didn't they care?!
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”.
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.
liberals do not she is a failure
I’m not sure about this but.....http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=georgiablackcrackers
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.
I jumped right over the modern racial squabble to the much more interesting history ;-).
I love this comment! LOL.
...because there can’t be any black grievance-mongers. ;)