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Conversations with Mr. Zbornak

I was in the middle of telling a story to Mr. Zbornak and it went off the rails when he said:

Him: You're such a cracker. (he's not white, I am)

Me: Excuse me? That's not cool.

Him: What?

Me: Calling me a cracker.

Him: What's the big deal? It's not like it's a bad word.

Me: Um, do you know the background on that word?

Him: What do you mean?

Me: It's a reference to white foremen on plantations during the time of slavery.

Him: I don't get it...

Me: Uh, the sound of a whip? Crack? Cracker?

Him: Oh my god! I thought it just meant boring and white, like a saltine cracker!


I could not stop laughing. I think I might start using the word in that context.

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