While technically correct, Matthews’ target was much narrower than Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor implies, and while “cracker” is, indeed, an uncivil term, it is arguably an apt one for the “birthers” who just can’t shake the feeling that President Obama just doesn’t belong here. Finally, though, this clip illustrates one more benefit of white privilege: even our racial epithets are easier.
It never ceases to amaze me that the lummox at the corner bar with a third-grade vocabulary can effortlessly rattle off hundreds of creatively demeaning synonyms for the n-word, and still manage to be outraged when someone uses one of the handful of epithets that are popularly directed at white people. As insults go, “cracker,” “honkie,” or “whitey” sound more like characters from The Muppet Show than anything else.
Interestingly, Poor didn’t seem to take offense when Fox News analyzed “the cracker vote” during the 2008 campaign.
Even so, Matthews shouldn’t have said it, even about the now-universally reviled birthers. Hell, the bigger insult here might be to the crackers. Here’s the clip, from MSNBC’s Hardball:
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