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Thread #64299   Message #1054681
Posted By: GUEST
16-Nov-03 - 10:26 AM
Thread Name: BS: Modest Proposal to end the civil war
Subject: RE: BS: Modest Proposal to end the civil war
So, is the word "cracker" more or less offensive than than the word "Bubba" to describe the same southern demographic of white male voters currently being courted (hot and heavy, I might add) by both the Dems and Repubs? "Bubba" can, of course, be applied to the politics of both Trent Lott and Bill Clinton, so just whose politically correct code is that?

Perhaps the more polite, politically correct term for southern racist white guys nowadays is "NASCAR Dad".

From the handy Merriam Webster online dictionary for "cracker":

Main Entry: crack·er
Pronunciation: 'kra-k&r
Function: noun
Date: 15th century
1 chiefly dialect : a bragging liar :

[I've deleted the non-relevant definitions for brevity]

5 a usually disparaging : a poor usually Southern white b capitalized : a native or resident of Florida or Georgia -- used as a nickname

Compare that entry to the one for the word "nigger" for a sense of some perspective as to the racist white guy claims that the word "cracker" should be considered as nasty an epithet as the word "nigger" (again from Merriam Webster online):

Main Entry: nig·ger
Pronunciation: 'ni-g&r
Function: noun
Etymology: alteration of earlier neger, from Middle French negre, from Spanish or Portuguese negro, from negro black, from Latin niger
Date: 1700
1 usually offensive, see usage paragraph below : a black person
2 usually offensive, see usage paragraph below : a member of any dark-skinned race
3 : a member of a socially disadvantaged class of persons
usage Nigger in senses 1 and 2 can be found in the works of such writers of the past as Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens, but it now ranks as perhaps the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in English. Its use by and among blacks is not always intended or taken as offensive, but, except in sense 3, it is otherwise a word expressive of racial hatred and bigotry.