When Graham McMillan decided to run for a student government office at Texas Christian University, he had no idea that he would land in trouble – all because of his campaign slogan – “Graham Cracker.”
A university official at the home of the Horned Frogs told the 20-year-old sophomore that his campaign signs were offensive and unless the offending word was blocked – the signs would have to come down.
“My advisor contacted me and informed me that it might be considered derogatory,” the political science major told Fox News. “I certainly didn’t mean it to be derogatory, but I didn’t want to offend anybody who may perceive it as such.”
University officials released a statement to Fox confirming that the offensive word is ‘cracker.’
“She recommended that he either remove the signs or cover the word ‘cracker’ with tape and he opted to cover the word,” a university spokesperson told Fox.
‘Cracker’ is sometimes used as a pejorative term for white people.
“A student affairs staff member used this as a teaching moment to help Graham understand that use of the word ‘cracker’ with his name could be perceived as derogatory by some,” the university spokesperson said.
So who might be offended by the “Graham Cracker” campaign signs?
The university didn’t say and McMillan had no idea.
“I’ve never been around that word being used offensively,” said McMillan, who happens to be white.
For as long as he can remember McMillan would introduce himself using the term.
“I’d say, ‘Hi. My name’s Graham – like the cracker,’” he told Fox News. “So that’s why I decided to use it as my campaign slogan.”
“I’m running unopposed which is probably the funniest thing about this ordeal,” he said. “It’s pretty crazy but any publicity is good publicity.”
His friends suggested he come up with a new slogan using variations on Graham – such as “kilo-gram,” “ana-gram,” “gram like grandma,” and his personal favorite – “Teddy Gram.”
“It’s been a riot,” he said.
“As for the issue of political correctness – McMillan said it just comes with the territory.
“Being politically correct is just part of the deal,” he said.
Or maybe not.
As Texas Christian University students head to the polls, McMillan offered one word of advice:
“Vote Graham like the cracker.”