Re: B. Llyod HOMEBOY!
posted at 3/22/2012 3:28 PM EDT
In Response to Re: B. Llyod HOMEBOY!
[QUOTE]Do any of you know any white person who has ever been offended by being called a 'cracker'? There's not even a clear origin of the word nor meaning, but it is pretty much accepted as meaning southern, poor, uneducated white people. Black people use 'cracker', white people, from the south, lacking education happily call themselves rednecks. Proudly even. What's the difference? N----- has a stronger meaning, but it's laughable how black people can throw it around to each other, but get highly offended if a white person uses it. It's a word, it is either offensive, or not, regardless on who is saying it.
Posted by ma6dragon9[/QUOTE]
The first portion you discuss here ma6dragon
, is dead-on true: The term "Cr#cker" is utterly hollow...it brings with it no tragedy afforded by any historical event(s); And you're right, even it's derivation is utterly meaningless in it's total uncertainty. There is no added weight of any polarizingly negative single person, nor any group's ill-wills back- whenever...There's nothing. "N#gg#r, on the otherhand, was the common term of derision used by white slave owners, In this same Country we're now standing in, When refering to their less-than-human property that they owned, by law- And whipped, and worked, and whipped, and worked some more (i.e. African Americans). So when it's used BY a White American of European descent...yea, It's got a bit more derogatory "weight" than the pointless usage of "Cr#ck#r."
But your 2nd take ain't the complete tale... African Americans, in refering to each other and the friends whom are in their closest circle of friends, acquantences, and kin, As: "N#gg#r"- Is Complimentary... And we know that. But most White Americans- He!!, I'm sure even most Black Americans, don't fully understand the full reasoning WHY it's such an acceptable & extremely commonplace term used by 1 African American towards another. HERE's WHY & HOW: Like I said, when "N#gg#r" is used in a complimentary way, 1 black dude to another, It often is, a term MOST applied to not simply some black stranger they pass by on the street, or anything...It is applied within their CLOSEST group of comrades, confidants, people they trust...People whom you would call friends, and whom they would consider as the definition of "a friend."
So that's even MORE confusing, right? I mean WhyTH call your very closest of people surrounding you in your life, such a horrible & derogatory term?!? The Answer to this complimentary use of the word, is the exact same answer to why they throw it out in such a commonplace and cavalier manner:
~It's because there IS no way whatsoever, that this term could or in the distant future-Can, be hidden, or denied, or swept under the rug by nothing less than 100% of Every White American NEVER ever using it, Ever Again... Won't happen. Didn't happen. And it wasn't gonna happen...By 100% of ALL Americans?!? No. Silly notion. BUT, once it's applied, and then OVER-applied, and then voiced loudly by the very same who's slave ancestor white property were condescendingly referred to as "N#gg#r", and used in excess, In a flooding usage...1 black guy to another black guy...And not just in a complimentary light, But in THE most complimentary manner, far more often than not, Towards the closest of comrades and tightest of acquantences (i.e. "friends")- the term, which would NEVER have been denied otherwise, Instead begins to take on a positive note- A VERY positive note- A note of respect and togetherness, no longer in the hands of those white folks, who are the color and sometimes even the actual ancestors of the persons who beat their OWN ancestors into forced labor- Mmm-mm, It ain't their's anymore... Not as much as it always had been, even well after the abolishment of black slavery- It starts to become YOUR term... And guess what? Can anybody else come up with a better idea, how to water down such a term, and place a positive, and group unifying spin to it's label...? I can't. We may not know it, and even they might not know it...But whatever single black dude first came up with angling it in this direction, WAS Brilliant...hands down-BRILLIANT way to defeat such a classless phrase with all the tragic notes that had always, and would have always (for a He!!uva'lot longer at least)- came with it's use in day to day situations, during the practice of slavery and for 100 years+ afterwords.
...so now (and not you ma6dragon) let's see how some of you fellas b#llsh#t THIS take into deep left field territory...