Examples of moon crickets
Examples of moon crickets
me: "someone white people think butter is a sauce"
white twitter: "now if i said i hope all you nig nogs drown on a boat back to africa you bunch of shuck jiving moon crickets id be the racist right"
@ALMIGHTYYYYY_, September, 2017
Hilary: i'm not racist
Trump: i'm also not a racist
Hilary: I haven't said anything offensive
Trump: liar i heard you say moon crickets!!
@big_business_, September, 2016
Where does moon crickets come from?
The exact origin of moon crickets is obscure. One theory suggests it begins with US slaves, who sang as a pastime—an act of community and resistance—at night after their labor. Crickets are known to chirp in the evening, when the moon is out.
Green’s Dictionary of Slang, however, only cites the term in the 1990s in prison slang.
In 2015, a basketball coach in Maine settled a lawsuit against him after he called two black players moon crickets. In 2017, the Facebook account of an Oklahoma police officer was allegedly hacked with racist posts, featuring the slur moon crickets, against NFL players protesting police brutality.
The term is used solely in the US, and primarily in southeastern states like Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. There’s unfortunately a cafe in Florida called MoonCricket Grille which was founded in 1995. Their website states they spent months in search of a name that was inviting and whimsical, claiming MoonCricket conveyed the message of a “fun hoppin’ place.”
Who uses moon crickets?
While it occasionally appears in more innocuous contexts, such as the unfortunately named Moon Crickets Grille in Florida that thought the choice was whimsical, moon crickets is an extremely offensive racial slur.
“Imagine dating back in the day without technology? Ducking the Lynch mobs and sharing a milkshake at O’Reily’s while the local football teams calls us moon crickets and radios the Klan! Sounds like heaven! 😍✨💖”
— Naomi Osaka Stan Account (@pecamp18) August 11, 2018
Some black people, however, use moon crickets to mock fellow black people, using it in an irritated or condescending manner, implying they are stupid.
I’m tired of seeing you moon crickets inviting non-blacks to this imaginary cookout just because they know how to do something like rap, dance, stick up for black people, etc.
— ? (@donbrks) August 7, 2018
What y'all moon crickets on?
— Brax 💰 (@CashBraxton) May 1, 2017
The tone can also be playful, perhaps inspired by a perception that some black people find the slur, while offensive, to also be ridiculous.
black women: *minding they business*
some ugly nigga y’all stopped for an interview: i dont fuck female moon crickets. everyone but them is ok
— ★~(◡︿◡✿) (@ssamdwhore) August 8, 2018
yoo lmaoo im crying white people really call black people moon crickets im crying right noowwwwwwwwwwww
— OG🚦🐍 (@ALMIGHTYYYYY_) September 28, 2017