Rep. Charles Rangel: Calling Tea Party ‘White Crackers’ Was ‘Term of Endearment’


charles rangelRep. Charles Rangel says tea party supporters should not be offended by his reference to them as “white crackers,” asserting the reference to be “a term of endearment.”

During an interview Monday with The Huffington Post, the 22-term New York Democrat was asked about his use of the term last year, when he referred to tea partyers as “the same people we faced in the South, with the white crackers, the dogs and the police.”

Rangel replied that he thought “cracker” was “a term of endearment,” adding that “with all of the feelings I have against these people who 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.”

But later in the interview, Rangel dismissed criticism of his comments as “ridiculous,” and appeared to liken tea partyers to segregationists and terrorists.

“A guy … 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 the pain from this – they can say that guy makes a lot of sense but he had no business calling us a white cracker,” he said.

Monday’s comments were Rangel’s latest likening Republicans or conservatives to segregationists or slaveholders.

“We have to win. We have to be able to send a national message with Andrew Cuomo,” Rangel said at a New York election rally late last month. Republicans “don’t disagree, they hate,” he said, according to Business Insider.

“Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over” and “think they won the civil war,” he added.

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  1. Likewise when call him ‘Black-midnight’ or ‘Chocolate-fudge’ it’s also a term of endearment! And so too when call them ‘?????’.

  2. and calling a person of color by any other name is also a term of endearment.
    send him off with obama to syria and meet the real enemy

  3. Rangel is the loaf of improbable human expungement for diplomatic sin that wants to smile at his own toilet of bad faith.

    This guy is so indecent that he makes his own voice into a royal flush.


    And the Tea Party is a very bad subsidy, but you do not fight illiteracy by hitting them in the face with the reading material.

    Rangel should know better than to incite hate by impressing upon today a bad urge to hurt the remaining history of hate from the past.

    How uselessly arrogant.

  4. A person should know when to quit his position. Mr. Rangel is past it. Time to leave.I bet he would be furios if any one used the n word. This is just as bad.