I love and respect what some White brothers and sisters feel around the discomfort of hearing the word cracker in the mix of comedy, socio-political messaging by way of art, or just out of pure valid (often misguided) frustration. It is not, has never been, and will never be equal to the inherent pangs of nigger.
The origin of the pejorative (cracker) isn’t close to nigger at its depth or shallow usage. Cracker at its most basic translation is an oppressor. It’s origin have nothing to do with an idiotic and ill-studied stereotype to foster guilt free carnage on a Race of people turned full blown psychosis nigger and its resulting political and social representation. This is not an attempt (Being a Black man myself) to claim “our pain is greater”…We all have our hurdles and pathways to understanding to travel. I am one to tell people not to lend value to a word to the point where it alters your own perspective and/or mood. Nigger/Cracker or any racially related or otherwise directed pejorative only have the value you assign it as a free thinking individual.
If you wear it, then you share it…I refuse. Let it go. If a man calls you a cracker…are you an oppressive figure that looks down on people of color as being less than you based on mere color, culture or racial distinction?? If not…Release the emotion. Be the best you.
If you are called a nigger…what does that even mean? The people who developed this term weren’t deep thinkers…they were not Gods. It wasn’t even a pejorative in its original nature! It developed in to this as the devolving moral code of those who participated in, exacted and germinated the harmful bacteria that is racial supremacy took place. It has no place in the heart of a proud people to allow senseless babble to befuddle their brilliance!! Get over it and GET ABOVE IT!
Rather than be sensitive it is more productive to be informed. Move forward your thinking and love what you are made of. That is what ultimately makes you most impactful and it is what draws love toward you.
Onajé Malik Lott (KingInMyOwnMind)