Congressman Charles Rangel Thinks ‘White Cracker’ Is a Term of Endearment

Rep. Charles Rangel speaks after declaring victory in the Democratic primary in New York’s 15th Congressional District on June 26, 2012, in New York City.   SPENCER PLATT/GETTY IMAGES
Rep. Charles Rangel speaks after declaring victory in the Democratic primary in New York’s 15th Congressional District on June 26, 2012, in New York City.
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The New York congressman used the controversial term last year in an interview with the Daily Beast, but on Monday he told Marc Lamont Hill that he thought it was a term of endearment.A little over a year ago, New York Rep. Charles Rangel caught some flak after a Daily Beast interview during which he compared the Tea Party to “the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police” in the Jim Crow era.

On Monday, however, sitting down with the Huffington Post’s Marc Lamont Hill, the 84-year-old veteran congressman shrugged off the comment that inspired quite a bit of ire.

“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.”

Rangel did apologize to those offended, in his own way, but at the same time, he also pointed 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. “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.

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