1. A derogatory term used by historically oppressed people and others to belittle white people.
2. Originally from the sound of a slave master's whip. Has been used to identify oppressive, racist, ignorant, whites.
Whites who feel threatened by these oppressed and disadvantaged people will say that a black person calling a white person "cracker" or "honkey" is the same as a white person calling a black person "nigger." While the derogatory implications are similar, only "nigger" has been used by a people of power to enslave, victimize, rape, inprison, and institutionally oppress blacks. "Cracker" does not have this history.
Very few whites have been called "cracker" and hung afterwards.
There is no such thing as a "Jolly Cracker Bank" for young black children to save their allowance in. Search ebay and you can find a "Jolly Nigger Bank" for your white kids.
A "cracker" is someone who holds the whip to beat his slaves. A "nigger" is the abused slave.
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