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  •  Cracker is NOWHERE near as offensive. (0+ / 0-)

    In fact, it's funny.

    Where did it come from anyway?

    N*** is an awful hate filled word.

    Cracker is just...I still giggle.

    •  I'm still thinking, even if someone called me (0+ / 0-)

      cracker, or cracker ass cracker to my face, I could do nothing but laugh that kind of laugh where you can't stop. Like in Church.

    •  There are number of theories about this (1+ / 0-)
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      The Swimmer

      One holds that it started out as "Florida crackers" because of the use of bullwhips to drive horses and cattle in the early days of the state. It later migrated as a descriptive to Georgians who'd previously been known as "goober grabbers". "Georgia cracker" became prevalent and in its pre-Major League days, Atlanta's minor league baseball team shortened its name from a The Atlanta Firecrackers to The Atlanta Crackers in recognition of the popular association. I attended one of their last games with my older brother and my Dad when I was small.

      Consequently I don't have a negative reaction to the word, except when it's used to express personal malice.

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