ANSWERS: 90
  • Yes, ignorance in general hurts my feelings. But then i think of the karma they will receive...
  • i think its no big deal...i hear it all the time.anywhere i go i could walk by a group of another race and you can hear one of them say it under their breath.hell,i got on a ride at a park and sat next to a black girl,and she looked behind her and said,"YA'LL GOT ME SITTIN NEXT TO A WHITEY"...and it didnt really bother me and when i said to my buddy "hey,they got me sittin next to a blacky" i was considered a racist. i just laughed really hard.
  • I don't like it if it is said with viciousness and trying to hurt me. I think it is ignorant, but, I don't cry in my beer or lose sleep over it...
  • No I'd find it amusing.
  • Well no, because I grew up in a predominantly white area in Michigan. I never really heard it. Now I live in Hawaii and the word out here is Haole. It can piss me off depending on how it is used. Good question.
  • I have no problem with it at all..."cracker" has never offended me. I guess because I can't really perceive its history. It's not a derivation of any other word, it's just...derogatory. But it's used so much by everyone that it's not even derogatory any more.
  • lol... lmfao!
  • That term is not offensive to me.
  • Only when I'm called a Ritz cracker..lol
  • not really
  • Actually, that's so far outside of my experience, it doesn't really mean much of anything to me. The inflection used, however, does bother me. If you don't want me calling you a ni--ah, you'd better think before you speak.
  • Of course it is offensive, but I strive to avoid allowing such things to upset me.
  • Meh, I usually just laugh about it.
  • No it does not upset me at all. In this Country if somebody called me a cracker it would be paying me a compliment. It means a very attractive person./ Cracker actually means the original inhabitants of Florida it is not an insult to anyone.
  • No because it means nothing to me. I would be more offended at stupid. Sticks and stones, man.
  • That word isn't something I've ever been called... It wouldn't offend me to be called it though, however it bugs me when people use anything slavery-related in a racist way - it seems so petty and irrelevant nowadays in my opinion considering there's way more equality etc now. A term like "cracker" would therefore only annoy me because of it's associations, rather than offend me on a personal level.
  • No. Being offended by words is pretty stupid anyway.
  • ignorant people just amuse me
  • I find that most of the time people only say something like that once and the next time they are much more polite...
  • To be perfectly honest with you no, calling me names does not upset me. If fact, the term "cracker" is amusing. Where the heck did that even come from? Oh, and I laugh my *ss off when Chris Rock talks about his racist uncle calling us "cracker ass crackers"! :D
  • It wouldn't bother me. Does anyone know where or how the term originated?
  • I shed a lil' tear.
  • No the term doesnt bother me, but the double standard as to which race can say what in this country gets on my last nerve.
  • I've never been called that by anybody.
  • No. I just find it too amusing Like I just think of a guy in a cracker costume running around the street with some long legs. Kinda like this:
  • I don't mind "cracker" as much as "honkey", but it depends on how it is used, when, by whom. if it is said jokingly with a smile, by someone that I am on friendly terms with, I will just laugh. usually when I have been called either, it was by someone that didn't realize that it was insulting.
  • The word itself has no sting in the way 'n*gger' apparently does, but if spoken AS an insult, I will take offense. I think it is perfectly appropriate to respond to 'hey, cracker' from a black person with 'hey, n*gger'. Unfortunately, they don't seem to concur.
  • In Florida, "cracker" is what they call the older white families that settled here after 1823. Most cracker families were subsistence farmers but some were cattleherds who used a whip to control their stock in high palmetto. The whip was called a cracker because of the gunshot-like sound when it was used. During the Civil War, the independence of the cracker was vastly underestimated by both sides and many crackers became creatures of opportunity, marketing goods to the highest bidder. Fredric Remington popularized the cracker as the Florida Cowboy through his paintings and reportage in Harper's Magazine in 1895. This took the term beyond the state borders, where it evolved into a derogatory term for a poor, uneducated, rural southern white person. Begining in the late 1950s, when enough families had recovered from the depression, it once again became a term of pride synonymous with pioneer. Today, Florida celebrates it's cracker culture in music, crafts, and lore. I can't answer for all crackers, but this one would listen closely to the tone of your voice before judging whether or not what you call me is offensive.
  • I've never been called a cracker or honky. I grew up in a predominantly Hispanic town, so their names were usually more along the lines of gringo and whetta. I don't think particular words are any worse than others. It's attitude and condescension that are offensive. One thing that does bother me is when I have to fill out a form and there are a million variations of races, but they just list caucasians as white, as if our heritage isn't as important. I may not have much of a tan nine months out of the year, but I am not white. My father's family is German and Dutch. My mother's family is English and Irish. If the survey people want to know what island or type of Indian etc. people are, then I feel I should be able to list my heritage as well--not just a color.
  • Being called a "cracker" doesn't bother me much. But I know that the speaker is challenging me to a verbal or physical confrontation. What bothers me more is for African-Americans to call each other "nigger". The practice is rampant and is excused by African-Americans as being a term of "endearment" and meant in "fun". Many (most?) "crackers" believe the use of the term "nigger" by African-Americans is derogatory no matter how it is intended. So why should African-Americans care what us "crackers" think? Because African-Americans comprise only about 10% of the U.S. population. So OTHER than African-Americans control most of society -- spending, tax paying, hiring and firing, for instance. So go ahead, be noncomformists. Talk "gangsta" rap. Speak in an ignorant Ebionics-like accent that isn't even close to pronounciation as found in a standard dictionary. Then you'll remain a minority by both color & speech. Dress ethnically identifiable as black? That's 3 standout differences. Have speech and dress differences helped black people in society?
  • No it wouldn't upset me, I would find it to be quite silly. Just makes me think Polly want a cracker over and over and over in my head.
  • Words can and do hurt many people but I have no problem with them. I'm not at all racist nor do I find being called a cracker racist even though they may mean it to be. There are worse things to be called than food.
  • If I knew what a 'cracker' was, I would have an opninion ?
  • it only annoys me because they think its ok to call us cracker but we cant call them...that word
  • it doesn't upset me at all, but I will upset them by calling them a flop, wetback, the big N word, pan head or camel jockey.
  • It only makes me mad because they think that its alright to call us that and it not be racist but if we call them something that they might think is racist they get all mad and start calling us racist.
  • This must be another example of the UK and the USA being 2 nations separated by a common language (Winston Churchill, I believe). In the UK to call someone a cracker is a great and sincere compliment, meaning that they are worthy of great praise.
  • Nah, I'd just make an Indiana Jones type whip cracking sound. You know, whoot-chee (not sure how you should spell that one).
  • No, it doesn't upset me. Maybe because I don't even know what it's supposed to mean...I know it's meant as an insult, but I'm not insulted. I like crackers. And, there's nothing I can do about being white. I was born white, and I'm not ashamed.
  • Not in the least. I think of it as jealousy on their part.
  • I laughed everytime someone would do that. If I ever did that, be sure I'd have some fast backup..If I ever did that though.
  • Nope. I just laugh. And then I tell them I am really an engine!
  • No. Should I?
  • I don't like any racial slurs.
  • Nope, 'cuz I am :P I mean, if black dudes call themselves nigga, then why should I worry about a stupid word?
  • No, but rude boy will be opening himself up to a whirlwind of abuse that he probably will be upset by.
  • i make eye contact, smile at them, and, in the course of our conversation, i use a racial slur back at 'em. if they laugh, i know i've got a friend. if they get defensive, then it's an opportunity for me to point out the different standards that person has set. either way, it's a win-win. actually, i think i've only had 3 such experiences...
  • These sorts of names don't offend me. What offends me is the double standard.
  • Of course it's racist. Not much of a bother, though. Who dat?
  • When did "cracker" become a racist term? Never heard of that.
  • This is the same as calling someone a nigger, spic, beaner, kyke, etc All of these terms are racist, if used in a demeaning context. Funny how cracker is still found in the dictionary, but nigger isn't? Eminem is a rapper, he has not ever said nigger in his rap, although this term is commonly used in the genre However, there is no double standard, right?
  • no. if later I had a joke about their race and they took it poorly I would be bothered at the hypocracy. I believe an not taking offence at things and think it is fun to use words that are thought of as negative in a non negative way. example... I am a bastard. heck, half of american children are bastards these days. I hate hypersensitivity. if whites were as hypersensitive as some minority organizations we would not be allowed to be called anglo-saxon because saxons were raiders and that is a negative thing. the white equivilant of "african american" is "euro american"... demanding to be called by that term would be rediculous and so is blacks expecting to be called african american.
  • Cracker means nothing more to me than a baked little biscuit that I crumble into my chili with shreded cheese!
  • it doesn't bother me at all but of course if a white person calls a person of any other rice it's highly offensive and racist just like how there's latino and african american college programs it's perfectly fine but if they ever made ANY program for only caucasians, it's considered racist hmmmm
  • Sure, it's racist... sure, to a sane person it's probably upsetting. I think it's stupid to be riled up by words, though. :B
  • Of course it's racist. But does it bother me? Nope, not at all. Because quite frankly, there is no *real* comparison between racial slurs against a dominant/oppressive race/class/culture and racial slurs against a minority/oppressed race/class/culture. Double standard? Absolutely. But you really can't ignore the differences in cause/effect there.
  • No, honky doesn't either. However neither of those was ever associated with the word slave, so why would I ?
  • I have never been called a cracker so can not say with certainty how I would feel. I imagine it would very much depend on the tone and intent of which it was said.
  • Honestly the context they use it in is so hilarious and they try to make it sound so dramatic like CRRRAAAAACCCCKKKKKKKAAAAAA that i just point at laugh at the idiots.
  • No, it actually doesn't, i find it humorous this is the best derogatory word they can come up with for whites.
  • I think it is all ignorance. I have never been in a situation where I have been called a name like that, but if I ever were I would just ignore it. I don't have the time or energy to let myself get upset over something so petty. +3
  • It's funny when people are joking. But at the same time, me as a white person, if I asked the question "BLACK PEOPLE, do you find it racist when a person of a different race calls you a nigger?" or "HISPANIC PEOPLE, do you find it racist when a person of a different race calls you a spic?" it would cause a whole lot of controversy!
  • No. Quite the opposite, actually. It makes me laugh.
  • No, to begin with you must not select yourself
  • sticks and stones ...
  • The last I knew, "cracker" meant a white person from Georgia or northern Florida, but it was no more a racist term than "peckerwood," "Buckeye," or "redneck."
  • Not really I think its kinda funny myself
  • I find the name Cracker OK. I don't mind being called Honky either. They are just labels, like nicnames.
  • Of course it's racist. I don't let it get to me, nor show reaction, but it's definitely a double standard.
  • Sure, it is racist, but it doesn't bother me. But I'm sure those same people WOULD mind being called a nigger, spic, wetback, chink, gook.
  • Actually, no. My friends of other ethnicities and I joke about words like that. And, when my husband came from Bulgaria, he had a track suit that said "CRACKER" written in large letters across the back. You wouldn't believe how hard I laughed when I saw it. He hasn't worn it since.
  • it just makes the BLACK PERSON look "ignant"
  • Nope. Doesn't bother me at all. Hell, I learned at about 5 years old that I'm rubber and you're glue! And name calling has no effect on who i am, but it makes the name caller look silly and impotent. What's to be upset about? I mean, if you had ever seen me you'd know I don't look a thing like a cracker!
  • I do find it racist. And funny how it's a term thrown around often with nothing done about it. Oh wait it's because white people do not have a group standing up for their rights. No NAAWP, No White College Fund, No Solely White Organizations. Period. It is forbidden. Upsetting is to say the least. For a group of people to say they "march" for non-racial equal rights, they sure have a lot of BLACK ONLY groups. Surely we can't go along with any of OUR taxes being spent on and donated to groups that exclude most U.S. Citizens, can we?
  • this would not bother me..i dont condone the behavior and it does seem to be somewhat racist however, i would not be upset over it. it upsets me more when a white person calls a person of another race a name. white people make others feel that this is "our" country when in the very beginning there wasn't "white" people. there were germans, swedes, french, english, native american, etc. I don't want anyone to feel like this country does not belong to any of us just because of their color. we all bleed red right?
  • Hells yeah, cause there better be cheese, and wine followed with that statment
  • Ummm no.
  • No. I suppose I have outgrown being affected by schoolyard taunts.
  • No. But when a Caucasian appearing, mixed race guy like me can't use the word "nigger", but it is prominently used in rap/hip-hop/urban music by blacks about blacks,.....that's a double standard. Yes, the NAACP is racist. They don't allow whites to join. And if there was a NAAWP, it would be slandered and outlawed. Double standard? nah
  • I'd prefer more slander, but supposedly the niggers got in hella shit one time and are not allowed to do it anymore, but anyway.
  • No, I'd just laugh at their sad, miserable soul. They clearly have yet to grow up so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.
  • No. It's a word. Its only offensive if I myself attach some derogative meaning to it.
  • Never had it happen before, at least not in a derogatory sense but I think I would probably LMAO. I did however have a friend whose dad came to give him a ride home after basketball practice ask his dad if he could drop me off on the way home. OMG! Apparently a big mistake. The things that came out of his mouth like "What the hell! Now I gotta chauffeur whitie around" "White man aint never done nothin fo me". There was a bit more before he actually shut up as my friend was yelling at him to do. I was only twelve. That was some pretty heavy shit to soak in. First experience with a bigot and he happened to be my brother from another mothers dad.
  • Eh, I'd find it racist, but I wouldn't care. I'm not a baby.
  • No ... It takes negative to create positive. Negative people who bring others down by race or other simply allow the positive others to shine ... "It takes fools to enable the good to shine much brighter" Peace
  • Yes, I think that it's racist and no, it doesn't bother me at all.
  • I think it would depend on the mannor in which it was said. I dont mind being called a cracker, but I do not like to be cut down with any word if it is intended as slander. Intent is everything.
  • I didn't even know what it meant until I was on this site. Guess I hang out with respectful people -- of all colors.
  • Do I find it racist? I live in Florida so I'd have to answer yes and no. If it's from someone from the hood not in Florida, then yes because they're doing it out of prejudice and ignorance. If it's from someone here in Florida then I'd say no because they probably know what a cracker is. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_cracker http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~fcc/main/what's_a_cracker.htm http://gothere.com/Florida/Tampa/Fairgrounds/CrackerCountry/cracker_country.htm Some native Floridians take pride in being called a cracker, it's part of their heritage. I'm not originally from Florida so I can't make that claim. So, does it upset me? No, not really.
  • Definatly, I don't degrade people so why should they be able to degrade me.

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