MMXLII Perspective: Cracker, the History of a Slur

The word cracker, long understood to be a pejorative term for whites, has been in the news this summer, notably when its use and implications became an issue in the George Zimmerman trial. The word’s recent notoriety has raised interesting questions. Where did “cracker” come from? Does saying it make you a racist? And can it really be compared to other racial slurs used to refer to people of color? These are the questions we try to answer in our latest MMXLII Perspective.

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