*Wow, talk about a role reversal. New York congressman Charles Rangel claims he thought the term “White Cracker” was one of endearment. At least this is how he justified using it, in an interview with Marc Lamont Hill on Monday.
One has to wonder if the congressman was being facetious, seeing as his interview last year with The Daily Beast had him using the term as he compared the Tea Party with “the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police” in the Jim Crow era.
But time has passed since the ire-irking incident, and the 84-year-old veteran politician is now just shrugging it off.
“I thought [white cracker] was a term of endearment,” he told Hill on HuffPost Live. “[The Tea Party is] so proud of their heritage and all of the things they believe in.”
The congressman did apologize – in his own way – to anyone he may have offended; but not without pointing to the hypocrisy behind their anger.
“With all of the feelings I have against these people that have been against justice, fair play, equality and the freedoms as we know it, if I offended them by calling them a white cracker, for that I apologize,” Rangel said. But not without adding, “For the rest of it, there’s a lot that has to be done here. With the names I’ve been called, I never really put cracker in that category. But I’d certainly love to have dinner with some of the people that were offended.”
And another thing.
“A guy from Lenox Avenue who’s in Congress calls mean-spirited people that bomb and kill people, set dogs on them, lynch people and still refuse to believe that we’re suffering in pain from this—they can say, ‘That guy makes a lot of sense, but he had no business calling us a white cracker,’” he added.
Read more at the Huffington Post.