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Comment: Re:Ok, How did the black participants respond? (Score 1) 235

by Coren22 (#49183639) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

The article then goes on to describe it as being a much older word used to refer to a certain group of people:

Ste. Claire pointed me to King John, published sometime in the 1590s. One character refers to another as a craker — a common insult for an obnoxious bloviator.

What craker is this same that deafs our ears with this abundance of superfluous breath?

"It's a beautiful quote, but it was a character trait that was used to describe a group of Celtic immigrants — Scots-Irish people who came to the Americas who were running from political circumstances in the old world," Ste. Claire said. Those Scots-Irish folks started settling the Carolinas, and later moved deeper South and into Florida and Georgia.

Which these people then went on to call themselves crackers

"In official documents, the governor of Florida said, 'We don't know what to do with these crackers — we tell them to settle this area and they don't; we tell them not to settle this area and they do," Ste. Claire said. "They lived off the land. They were rogues."

By the early 1800s, those immigrants to the South started to refer to themselves that way as a badge of honor and a term of endearment. (I'm pretty sure this process of reappropriating a disparaging term sounds familiar to a lot of y'all.)

You can try to claim that it was a terrible term, but it is a term a people use to refer to themselves (to this day), and they don't believe that it is a racist term they are calling themselves.

Comment: Re:God Republicans are Stupid (Score 1, Insightful) 117

by Coren22 (#49182629) Attached to: The Mexican Drug Cartels' Involuntary IT Guy

Bring them up on federal charges, bring them all up on charges.

Why does this have to be a partisan issue? They broke federal laws, and should go to federal prison. Ever single one of them should go to prison to stop this carelessness of the law that has started in politicians. Politicians should hold themselves up to more scrutiny than the average person, not less and less.

Comment: Re:Ok, How did the black participants respond? (Score 1) 235

by Coren22 (#49182573) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

That article supports what I said. Or did you just read the part about Shakespearean times and totally miss the part where a portion of the population of the US called themselves crackers? You could even point to the part of that article where Jimmy Carter was called out as being of cracker origin, and it was said that if he knew, he would have called himself a cracker.

Comment: Re:No, the film is *bad* satire. (Score 1) 272

by Coren22 (#49182419) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

I took the book as satire of the military, maybe I read something into the book that wasn't there. I did however see the movie before reading the book, so it is possible that colored my views.

There were sequels to starship troopers as well, and they had a totally different tone.

Comment: Re:What about the race of the escapee? (Score 0) 235

by Coren22 (#49181775) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

Yup, my direct boss is of the African subspecies. I have no issues working with her (a woman in tech!). I am also reasonably sure that as she was the one who selected how much I make when I was hired that she is not making less than I am.

It always makes me wonder when people talk about these horrible racists if they can point to actual examples of racism, or just things they perceive must have been racism.

Breadth-first search is the bulldozer of science. -- Randy Goebel