Fri04182014

Opinion

Why ‘cracker’ can’t compare to the n-word

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Discovering the bigger racist, Kathleen Parker writes at the Washington Post, seems to be the real goal at the heart of the George Zimmerman trial. When Rachel Jeantel, friend of the late Trayvon Martin, told the jury (last) week that Trayvon said a "creepy ass cracker" was following him, her words played into that very discussion.

But Parker writes that "cracker" and the n-word are not in similar territory.

"For those needing a refresher course, here are just a few reasons why cracker doesn't compare to the N-word. Cracker has never been used routinely to:

"Deny a white person a seat at a lunch counter.

"Systematically deny whites the right to vote.

"Deny a white person a seat near the front of a bus.

"Crack the skulls of peaceful white protesters marching for equality.

"Blow up a church and kill four little white girls.

"Need more? Didn't think so. Cracker may be a pejorative in some circles. It may even be used to insult a white person. But it clearly lacks the grievous, historical freight of the other."

Read Kathleen Parker's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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0 #3 Annonymous 2013-07-01 23:26
400 years is long enough. The real question and quandary is not cracker v n-word, it is how Rachel, Trayvons friend, can't read cursive and I question her ability to read at all. I question the priorities of this nation, much less this ridiculous dialogue. I'm pleased to see that only two of us are wasting our time and energies on this very tired and outdated subject. Now, to focus on something truly productive for this city and our people of all colors, most importantly the ability to read.
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0 #2 tennial danny 2013-07-01 19:14
I am always amazed at white people and/or their apologist for white supremacy "hiding" behind "anonymous" letters, emails, white sheets -whatever. A coward is a coward is a coward. Easy question to answer but the answer will make you even more uncomfortable "anonymous". Black people or African-America ns continue to use the "n" word toward each other because we have not ridden ourselves of the self-hatred and inhuman treatment inflicted on us for 400 years !
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+1 #1 annonymous 2013-07-01 10:31
So why, pray tell, do African-America ns routinely, regularly and openly call ONE ANOTHER by this term? And why is the TSD dragging this topic forward on page one? Is there not a more positive topic that might unite the community rather than further divide it? As well as lifting up a community in need of realizing the degrading nature of their words to one another.
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