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Whine and crackers

August 25, 2013
Williamsport Sun-Gazette

There have been several letters about racism and where people feel that it is being portrayed in our lives. A recent letter on that subject caught my attention. It is a letter written and submitted by Ida Temple from Mansfield. She asked if Rep. Charles Rangel was a racist for using the term 'crackers' when speaking about the Tea Party. Rep. Rangel called them "white crackers" as well as "crackers". So is the word as used by Rep. Rangel a racial slur? Does the history behind the terminology carry with it a suppression of their voting rights? Discriminatory laws and practices against them? Have they been lynched for being a "cracker"? Did any of them have to protest, fight in court, survive abuse, enslavement, economic disadvantage because they where a 'cracker'?



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