Ferguson + Crackers + Racist "Reverse Racism" + Yeah...This Isn't Racist (Because It's From A POC)

Monday, November 17, 2014

I was reading this article about a teacher who was fired for her "racist tweet" that she resigned over and I'm just going on record again that POC can't be racist - prejudiced, bigoted, nationalistic and xenophobic sure - but not racist.

And calling someone a Cracker isn't racist. To give credence to a mythical absurdity that epithets like n****r and ch**k are the same undermines all of the work that's been done to help overcome institutional racism (and it's not like we're out of the woods on that one yet).

Should you call someone a Cracker at your workplace?

Probably not (at least I would steer away from that).

But should you be fired for using it on your personal twitter account in response to what you feel are racist and threatening attacks?

I don't think so.

Here's a little more from the story:

In the statement, Hedgewood said her tweet was a reaction to "a series of threatening and racist attacks" made toward her on the social media site during a debate over the Fergusion controversy involving the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson.

"My reaction in no way reflects the standards to which I have held myself and my students for the last 20 years of teaching," she wrote. "I accept full responsibility for my actions, and I regret the embarrassment that it has caused the school district."

The tweet was written Friday, Nov. 7 and sent from her personal Twitter account.

"Who the [expletive] made you dumb duck ass crackers think I give a squat [expletive] about your opinions about my opinions RE: Ferguson? Kill yourselves," the tweet read.

I can't speak to any of the previous tweets, but this story, as well as the headlines, just reeks of racist "reverse racism".

To the victor go the spoils?