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This is a very brief message to my Houston community. I know that the words used to describe various minorities have racially tinged, oppressive pasts that the word Cracker doesn't. When white politicians say wetbacks, when Aryan Supremacists says n****r, so on and so forth, there's an oppressive history behind those words meant to intimidate and suppress communities of ethnic minorities as well as degrade them.

But guess what? I don't want to be called Cracker, and I don't appreciate it when you do so. I'm proud of my heritage and have no issue with the color of my skin or the accomplishments of my ancestors over the long course of time. I've got no problem extolling the virtues of English culture, parliamentary systems that evolved into republican systems, the many writers of English narratives, the technological accomplishments of science in the west and the virtues handed down over time by culture. It's not perfect, I acknowledge that, but nobody's culture is.

At it stands, we live in America got dangit, and I love going to listen to hip hop. I know I'm the only white person there, I'm already aware of that. But I'm enjoying myself, having a good time, talking to people, when somebody has to bring attention to my skin color by referring to me as a Cracker. This is the second time now. I get it, the word doesn't have the historical weight of some of these other terms, but I don't want to be called that. It's offensive. It reduces me to my appearance, and that's just stupid.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-) Jesus Loves You.

    by DAISHI on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:25:14 AM PDT

  •  ::blank stare:: (2+ / 0-)
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    second gen, DanceHallKing

    How unfortunate for you.  I mean, to be judged solely on your experience must've been hard one time but twice?  Way to stand strong.  Your 2 or 3 black friends must be proud of you.

    The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing online commenters that they have anything to say.-- B.F.

    by lcj98 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:40:56 AM PDT

    •  whoosh!!!!!! nt (1+ / 0-)
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    •  What a sorry (5+ / 0-)

      response. This has happened to me twice at a local club. And I didn't realize we believe that doing wrong to others is a bad thing.

      My 2 or 3 new black friends? Maybe you mean my former black ex girlfriend, my black best friend, my black actress friend, my black politician friend. Or maybe my black friend that owns the club I go to, or my ex black girlfriend I dated for 6 years. Or the black church I go to.

      Oh yeah, sorry, I don't know enough black people! I better go meet more. Jesus Loves You.

      by DAISHI on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 11:44:31 AM PDT

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      •  ... (2+ / 0-)
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        The Dude 415, vcmvo2

        I have a hard time feeling sorry for white guys who feel threatened or picked on by a few black folk.  Those 2 whole times don't mean shit to the countless time your "black best friend" has been called the n-word or been suspected of something.  And fact hat you go to a black church means nothing also.

        My problem with this bullshit diary is that you, a white straight Christian male, is complaining about stupid shit being said to you at 2 rap concerts.  I'm a black guy who has lived around white folks my whole life and I have to deal with that type shit everyday.  I don't get wrote about it as though it was some great injustice.  But hey, you had a black girlfriend for 6 years, so...

        The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing online commenters that they have anything to say.-- B.F.

        by lcj98 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:02:16 PM PDT

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        •  So because you have lived witht (6+ / 0-)

          his shit everyday, his complaining while white is irrelevant? So liberals only care about stereotypes when they are against minorities? What happened to truth? Fairness? Equality? or are those only important for certain people?

        •  You know what's funny (3+ / 0-)

          I'm physically white and of English background because I'm adopted.

          But my family is Mexican American. So don't give me your bullshit. My grandmother worked while being called wetback. My mother was discriminated against for being Hispanic. My cousin was shot dead for being brown.

          So get your racist shit out of this diary.

 Jesus Loves You.

          by DAISHI on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:24:53 PM PDT

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          •  Homie... (1+ / 0-)
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            If you find it necessary to have a brown-off, then let's.  However, you, as a white male, complaining about being called a cracker at 2 rap concerts and passing it off as an affront to your life is STUPID, and even more so when you are yourself Mexican American (I'm assuming you're identifying yourself as such).  You should know that saying that shit doesn't fly.  

            The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing online commenters that they have anything to say.-- B.F.

            by lcj98 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 12:44:04 PM PDT

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  •  I get called "Cracker" (1+ / 0-)
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    all the time - even though I hasten to assure them that I am a Yankee, and not a Cracker.

  •  I've been called a 'cracker' in seriousness once. (0+ / 0-)

    I laughed my ass off, belittled the kid's insult-creation ability, and the kid left looking embarassed.

  •  i love what patrice o'neal said about this- (0+ / 0-)

    he said that they never got reparations for slavery- what they get is they get to use language any way they want and say whatever they want. the scale goes like this: black women get to say anything they want. then black men get to say what they want, and on the bottom are white guys- they don't get to say anything. they get to be called cracker all day and night and just take it w/ a smile.

    "...i also also want a legally binding apology." -George Rockwell

    by thankgodforairamerica on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 03:04:41 PM PDT

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