white people?

why are they called crackers?? where did this come from? what does it mean?

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Are you racist. White,Black,Hispanic we are created all equal. Whites are not called Crackers.

  • 1 decade ago

    A common, though not well substantiated theory is that "cracker" comes from the sound of the whip used to drive cattle, or much more disturbingly, to punish a slave.

    A.C. Kemp of slangcity.com suggests a more academically supported theory that "cracker" derives from the Southern practice of "cracking corn" to make moonshine whiskey. Kemp also points out that Shakespeare used the term "cracker" to describe an arrogant, boastful person--a description that may have been applied to the rugged pioneers of the Deep South.

  • 1 decade ago

    I always assumed it was just because crackers (as in saltines) were white, but I've heard the whip explanation too.

    Sometimes calling someone a "cracker" means more than just them being white. It might refer specifically to someone who's a white Southerner, kind of a redneck, maybe a little on the crazy side but not necessarily dumb.

  • 1 decade ago

    Thats beacuse they whiped the slaves and the whip made a cracking niose(crackers)

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are several ideas, but what i learned was that back in the day, the southern farmers would crack whips to the workers... Gernerally a racist term...

  • 1 decade ago

    I wanna live in the racism-free cave that Daniel R has been living in!

  • mag
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    who cares? call us what ever you want to , we can't call jessie jackson. We don't have an NAACP, or the rainbow colalition. So, call us what you want.

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