Rangel Defends “White Crackers” Comment

U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY)

U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY)


Rep. Charlie Rangel is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 13th congressional district. He has been a politician since January 3, 1967. That’s 47 years as a public servant. He is no stranger to controversial and racial remarks. In August 2013 Rangel referred to the Tea Party as “White Crackers”. During the recent elections Rangel campaigned for Andrew Cuomo. During the campaign Rangel made these comments.

“We have to win. We have to be able to send a national message with Andrew Cuomo,” Rangel said at a New York election rally late last month. Republicans “don’t disagree, they hate,” he said, according to Business Insider.

He also said “Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over” and “think they won the civil war”.

U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY)

U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY)


During an interview Monday with The Huffington Post, Rangel was asked about his use of the term last year, when he referred to tea partyers as “the same people we faced in the South, with the white crackers, the dogs and the police.”

Rangel replied by saying it’s not offensive. He claimed it to be “a term of endearment.” However, when you put all his actions and words together it clearly paints a picture of how Rangel views whites and anyone who opposes his and the Democrats views. It seems like he is still stuck in slavery and can’t let it go. Sure there are racist people in the US. It includes people from all races.

Wikipedia defines the term “White Cracker” as this.

“Cracker, sometimes white cracker or cracka, is a usually derogatory term for white people.”

The etymology of the modern term “cracker” is uncertain. One theory holds that slave foremen in the antebellum South used bullwhips to discipline African slaves, with such use of the whip being described as “cracking the whip.” The white foremen who cracked these whips thus became known as “crackers.”
Wikipedia goes on to say “The whips used by some of these people are called ‘crackers’, from their having a piece of buckskin at the end. Hence the people who cracked the whips came to be thus named.”

I’m not sure how Mr. Rangel can defend the use of this term and imply it’s a term of endearment. It has clearly offended hundreds or thousands of people. Keep in mind Congress has condemned the NFL football team Washington Redskins for keeping their team name because it’s offensive to a few people.

How can we allow a clearly racist person continue to represent our country? Do you think Rangel should step down?

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