Popular restaurant franchise Cracker Barrel is being attacked over a misrepresentation of its logo and the meaning behind it.
A picture of a Cracker Barrel logo began to circulate with a caption suggesting the image was a nod to slavery and crack of a whip.
“Cracker was a slang term for whip. That’s why blacks called whites crackers, from the crack of the whip. A cracker barrel is a barrel that held the whips for sale at the country store. You see the whip going from the R to the K? Racism in your face,” the caption read.
— thee black critic (@theeblk_critic) February 9, 2021
The Cracker Barrel discussion is another example of how people debate what is or isn’t racist in a civilization that is entirely organized around racism
— Unite in justice for the poor & oppressed (@BreeNewsome) February 9, 2021
It didn’t take long before the social media mafia started to drag Cracker Barrel by its buttery biscuits and demand an apology.
But was an apology actually needed?
After much research, the original post has now been debunked and branded just another ploy to create tension and cause a social media race war.
According to Wikipedia, “In the early 1900s, the town of Lebanon, Tennessee had a Country Store. The store had old fashion wares and menu with Southern cuisine i.e. Chicken and Dumplings. In 1916 the store was named The Cracker Barrel after the barrels of crackers the restaurant used.”
Cracker Barrel gets its name from the literal barrel of crackers that were prevalent in country stores in the late 1800s
Their logo also features a barrel hoop pic.twitter.com/K3jPB05Gcn
— UberFacts (@UberFacts) February 9, 2021
So, there you have it folks, crisis averted. Can we chill on the ‘cancel culture?’ Please and thank you!