A modern-day equivalent is a dishwasher who has a chip on his shoulder because he busts suds at a four-star hotel or restaurant.
"There's a huge difference between a guy who washes dishes at Denny's and a guy who washes dishes at the Ritz. The former is a dirtbag and the latter is a pro."
"No I ain't!"
"yes u are! youd suck a crackers dick just to get some kool aid!!!"
The mixed children would associate with whites and have privileges the slaves did not.
Now the term refers in a derogatory manner to lighter-skinned people of color, who are sometimes perceived as acting superior to darker-skinned people, and who because of their color, association with whites in what is viewed as a fawning manner, and greater success in life are sometimes resented by those less fortunate.