What’s a Cracker?

It’s only been a few years that I’ve been hearing the word Cracker. Not knowing what it meant, but knowing it was a derogatory title for a white person, all I could think of was that it meant white, like a cracker. I finally looked it up in my old dictionary. I found, “cracker bonbon: the snapping part at the end of a whiplash; a snapper.”

And: “One of the lower class of the white population of the southern United States, esp. the white population of the southern United States, esp. of Georgia and Florida, inhabiting the backwoods; a nickname.”

The definition of a whiplash is “the lash of a whip.” Further research tells of Southern ranchers who herded Longhorn cattle and used bullwhips. The cracking sound could be heard for long distances, hence the nickname, “Crackers.” Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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