Defined as: Crackers - cracked. wild; crazy: Examples: They are crackers. They went crackers.
So we find in the news that Rangel is being called a racist but not because he used disparaging words about "White Folk" who have never experienced racism (as seen in their fear of the word cracker) but because he called the Tea Party Crackers. Why are they crackers? Well Rangel compares the tea party to segregationists mentality who opposed civil rights for black people. "It is the same group we faced in the south with those white crackers and the dogs and the police," he said. "They didn't care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough.""
I find that to be disappointing as they are not comparable as the South was the South and segregationists who were a product of less enlighten times and came out of that ignorant era with displays of old southern racism left over from slavery days did so with pride and grand numbers as the south was fully racist in that era no matter the party, while the Tea Party shows their racism overtly purposely and in-your-face-bitch and then calls their victims racists if their victims happen to notice they are crackers, and bonkers, and ignorant, and, well...racist. Sure Internet peeps who would not know a racist if the Tea Party member bit them in the ass carrying a sign with Obama dressed as an African Tribesman are all 'uppity' over the word crackers but they would be 'uppity' if Charlie Rangel had noted the obvious racism of the Tea Party by displaying their signs. Truly disappointing actually as I wish Rangel had just called the racist "Gene Pool Floaters" to see if they can come up with a way to prove they are victims of racism when you give them 3 descriptive words to parse:
Here is one of the Crackers from Motherjones: http://www.motherjones.com/files/imagecache/node-gallery-display/photoessays/teapartyniggar2.jpg
It bears repeating:
"It is the same group we faced in the south with those white crackers and the dogs and the police," he said. "They didn't care about how they looked. It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused America to say enough is enough.""