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 themadfiddler
Joined: 10/16/2006
Msg: 107
You might be a redneck if..................Page 2 of 10    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
^^^^

You're missing the point entirely.

It is the worst kind of hyperbole to compare redneck jokes, jokes which were popularized by comedian Jeff Foxworthy and have a pedigree right back to Hee-Haw on the Grand Ole' Opry as being in any way similar to making a list of old-time jokes featuring an "n" word that happens to rhyme with chigger.

That's what the poster was comparing it to. He was comparing being a redneck being poked fun at to being black and being called the "n" word by "whitey". With that kind of hyperbole, I'm surprised he didn't do himself one better and call up memories of Native American or Jewish Oppression...

That is frankly ridiculous. If you can come up with one reasonable, coherant argument as to how it is similar I would really like to see it. If you or he can come up with an argument that shows how being a "red-neck" is an ethnicity, I would like to see it or how red-neck humour, constitutes in any way a form of racism, I would like to see it. So far, all we have seen is..."Quit eyit! Dang yew, thet ain't funny!"

Frankly if it's funny enough for Jeff, Larry the Cable Guy and the other fellas on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, I think it should be funny enough for anyone. It's parody, satire, and as the product of rural North American society myself, you can hardly forbid me the right to self-depricating humour. Grow a thicker skin...I'm not inciting people to harm red-necks...just chuckle at obvious and absurd exaggerations. Unlike much racist humour inflicted by White western european Christians (mostly Protestants) on their fellows, it isn't meant to demean, incite to violence, reduce to second-hand citizen or subhuman status and is obviously so absurd, it couldn't be considered a "real" report. See the definition of satire.
 AE-Dave
Joined: 11/29/2006
Msg: 108
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 3/27/2007 11:31:03 PM
If your truck WAS Green from the factory, has 1 blue door, 1 red door, a Black hood, no tailgate and a bent bumper, you might be a redneck...
(actually my truck only has 1 blue door, everything else is green)

If you live in a mobile home and you have more than 3 cars on the property that arent, you might be a redneck...
(We have like 10, and 3 mobile homes :-D )

PROUD TO BE A REDNECK!!!
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 109
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 3/28/2007 2:24:47 AM
The only rice you will eat is a cabinet member of the Bush administration .
 themadfiddler
Joined: 10/16/2006
Msg: 115
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 3/28/2007 11:14:56 AM

Your lack of education is showing...

First and foremost the slavery issue has nothing to do with this... But since you brought it up, your knowledge of that disgusting business is that of a 6th grader. It was a combonation of Africian nations, England and Spain that was behind it in the begining. Furthermore, no one has ever found on record a chartered ship registered in a southern port, that conducted itself in that type of business. It was ships out of New York and the Boston ports that were behind that disgusting trade.

Nevertheless, Yes to use the "R" term is a clearly a Racist remark!
Yes, I was the one that reported it and have no shame in pointing out the racisim in this tread. BIGOT!


What...lack of education? Methinks you doth protest too much.

Lets recap. You compare redneck jokes to a black person being addressed with the familiar epithet...I point out in a general way that there is absolutely no equivalency between the two...

You go off on a defensive rant as if I personally accused you and your grandpappy of slavery?? Are you quite right in the head sir? Anyone reading these threads can see, firstly I didn't reveal any lack of or profound knowledge of slavery's history from my brief but correct comment, and secondly, didn't accuse any group of it. I just pointed out the utter absurdity of your comparison - which remains. You have yet to establish how being a redneck in any way is an ethnicity and how redneck jokes which were made by a member of that social group are in any way a grave offense.

I smell a big fat troll under the bridge. Go away troll
 themadfiddler
Joined: 10/16/2006
Msg: 117
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 3/28/2007 1:59:44 PM
Actually "racism" is "ethnicity" it isn't just about skin color. At it's core racism takes many forms that encompass such things as religion, culture, locality, and language...


Actually it's the concept that any of that is biologically transmitted because one belongs to a specific race...part of a bunch of debunked nonsense from the previous centuries. Britannica defines racism thusly:


Any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldview—the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called “races,” that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some “races” are innately superior to others.


So my definition was just fine. That's beside the point. If you want to continue your equivocating, backpedalling or delve into any other dodgy debating, we can do it in our own thread here... http://forums.plentyoffish.com/datingPosts6947811.aspx better hurry before some idiots delete it as attention seeking
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 119
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 3/28/2007 2:37:16 PM
Your night out for pizza is the snack stand at a bowling alley.
Your night out for a few drinks is the bar at a bowling alley.
Your night out for entertainment are the pin ball machines at a bowling alley.
Your night out for live sports is watching the bowling tournament at the bowling alley.
Your night out for shoe shopping is at the store at the bowling alley .
 themadfiddler
Joined: 10/16/2006
Msg: 120
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 3/28/2007 2:45:41 PM
Alright. Since a bunch of childish jackasses decided this was an attention-seeking post in off-topic (????!?!?!) and had it deleted before it could even be read or contributed to, I reposted it here...the moderators reviewing it can sort it out and remove it and the protest in question if it is off-topic. really as this is a joke thread I am surprised it survived anyway...but since this is a real debate question maybe we know have some fodder for a question.

As to an actual dictionary definition of racism, I decided to go with Britannica but Wikipedia's entry would have sufficed:



Any action, practice, or belief that reflects the racial worldview—the ideology that humans are divided into separate and exclusive biological entities called “races,” that there is a causal link between inherited physical traits and traits of personality, intellect, morality, and other cultural behavioral features, and that some “races” are innately superior to others.


So on its own to describe something as racist we are talking about a theory that something derives from theorized biological entities called "races" and the physical traits that derive from these.

What about rednecks proper? Well the wiki entry provides an extensive and varied history on what may or may not constitute a redneck. Most people in modern usage would be referring to an absurd stereotype of a rural conservative of little to no education but the possible roots of the term may go well back into history...I repeat the article in its entirety for the valuable information:



Redneck, in modern usage, predominantly refers to a particular stereotype of people who may be found in many regions of the United States or Canada. Originally limited to Appalachia and the American South, and later the Ozarks and Rocky Mountains, this stereotype is now widespread in other states and the Canadian provinces. The word can be used either as a pejorative or as a matter of pride, depending on context.

Usage of the term "cracker" generally differs from "hick" and "hillbilly" because crackers reject or resist assimilation into the dominant culture, while hicks and hillbillies theoretically are isolated from the dominant culture. In this way, cracker culture is similar to redneck culture. [2]

Etymology

Possible Scots-Irish etymologies
The National Covenant and The Solemn League and Covenant (a.k.a. Covenanters) signed documents stating that Scotland desired a Presbyterian Church Government, and rejected the Church of England as their official church (no Anglican congregation was ever accepted as the official church in Scotland). What the Covenanters rejected was episcopacy — rule by bishops — the preferred form of church government in England. Many of the Covenanters signed these documents using their own blood, and many in the movement began wearing red pieces of cloth around their neck to signify their position to the public. They were referred to as rednecks[citation needed]. Large numbers of these Scottish Presbyterians migrated from their lowland Scottish home to Ulster (the northern province of Ireland) during the 17th Century and soon settled in considerable numbers in North America across the 18th Century. Some emigrated directly from Scotland to the American colonies in the late 18th and early 19th-centuries as a result of the Lowland Clearances. This etymological theory holds that since many Scots-Irish Americans and Scottish Americans who settled in Appalachia and the South were Presbyterian, the term was bestowed upon them and their descendants.

Possible American etymologies
A popular etymology says that the term derives from such individuals having a red neck caused by working outdoors in the sunlight over the course of their lifetime. The effect of decades of direct sunlight on the exposed skin of the back of the neck not only reddens fair skin, but renders it leathery and tough, and typically very wrinkled and spotted by late middle age. Similarly, some historians claim that the term redneck originated in 17th-Century Virginia, because indentured servants were sunburnt while tending plantation crops.

It is clear that by the post-Reconstruction era (after the departure of Federal troops from the American South in 1874-1878), the term had worked its way into popular usage. Several blackface minstrel shows used the word in a derogatory manner, comparing slave life over that of the poor rural whites. This may have much to do with the social, political and economic struggle between Populists, the Redeemers and Republican Carpetbaggers of the post-Civil War South and Appalachia, where the new middle class of the South (professionals, bankers, industrialists) displaced the pre-war planter class as the leaders of the Southern states. The Populist movement, with its message of economic equality, represented a threat to the status quo. The use of a derogative term, such as redneck to belittle the working class, would have assisted in the gradual disenfranchisement of most of the Southern lower class, both black and white, which occurred by 1910.

Another popular theory stems from the use of red bandanas tied around the neck to signify union affiliation during the violent clashes between United Mine Workers and owners between 1910 and 1920.

History

The Hatfield clan, of the Hatfield-McCoy feud, in 1897.Rednecks are largely descendants of the Ulster-Scots and Lowland Scots immigrants who travelled to North America from Northern Ireland and Scotland in the late 17th and 18th centuries, although some of them are descended from people of Germanic and other stock. The Ulster-Scots had historically settled the major part of Ulster province in northern Ireland, after previous migration from the Scottish Lowlands and Border Country. These pioneering people and their descendants are known in North America as the Scots-Irish. (The 18th century influx of Highland Scots into the Carolinas also contributed to the bloodlines.) [1] [2]

The "Celtic Thesis" of Forrest McDonald and Grady McWhiney holds that they were basically Celtic (as opposed to Anglo-Saxon), and that all Celtic groups (Scots Irish, Scottish, Welsh and others) were warlike herdsmen, in contrast to the peaceful farmers who predominated in England. U.S. Senator James H. Webb of Virginia uses this thesis in his book Born Fighting to suggest that the character traits of the Scots Irish — loyalty to kin, mistrust of governmental authority, and military readiness — helped shape the American identity. According to Webb, they were unwelcome in the "civilized" coastal regions and were encouraged by colonial leaders to settle the Appalachian mountains, as a bulwark against the Indian Nations. Although sometimes hostile to the Indians, they found much in common with them and engaged in trade and cultural exchanges. In the Appalachians they also encountered pockets of Melungeons, English-speaking people of mixed racial origins (black, white, Indian), whom they tolerated and with whom they coexisted.

Over time, they intermarried with Britons from the West Country, another group with Celtic origins, and absorbed members of other groups through the bonds of kinship. Nevertheless, their culture and bloodlines retained their Celtic character. Fiercely independent, and frequently belligerent, rednecks perpetuated old Celtic ideas of honor and clanship. This sometimes led to blood feuds such as the Hatfield-McCoy feud in West Virginia and Kentucky.

In colonial times, they were often called rednecks and crackers by English neighbors. As one wrote, "I should explain ... what is meant by Crackers; a name they have got from being great boasters; they are a lawless set of rascalls on the frontiers of Virginia, Maryland, the Carolinas, and Georgia, who often change their places of abode."

The fledgling government inherited a huge debt from the American Revolutionary War. One of the steps taken to pay it down was a tax imposed in 1791 on distilled spirits. Large producers were assessed a tax of six cents a gallon. Smaller distillers, however, most of whom were of Scottish or Irish descent located in the more remote areas, were taxed at a higher rate of nine cents a gallon. These rural settlers were short of cash to begin with, and they lacked any practical means to get their grain to market other than fermenting and distilling it into relatively portable alcoholic spirits. From Pennsylvania to Georgia, the western counties engaged in a campaign of harassment of the federal tax collectors. "Whiskey Boys" also made violent protests in Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. [3] This civil disobedience eventually culminated in armed conflict in the Whiskey Rebellion.

Rednecks, and especially Tennesseeans, are known for their martial spirit. Tennessee is known as the "Volunteer State" for the overwhelming, unexpected number of Tennesseans who volunteered for duty in the War of 1812, the Texas Revolution (including the defense of the Alamo), and especially the Mexican-American War. During the Civil War, poor whites did most of the fighting and the dying on both sides of the conflict. Although poor Southern whites stood to gain little from secession and were usually ambivalent about the institution of slavery, they were fiercely defensive of their territory and loyal to their homes and families.

Although slaves fared the worst by far, many poor whites had a hard "row to hoe," as well. The disruptions of the Civil War (1861-65) and Reconstruction mired African Americans in a new poverty and dragged many more whites into a similar abyss. Sharecropping and tenant farming trapped families for generations, as did emerging industries, which paid low wages and imposed company-town restrictions (see Carpetbagger). Once-proud yeomen frequently became objects of ridicule, and sometimes they responded angrily and even viciously, often lashing out at blacks in retaliation. Destitute whites were increasingly labeled "poor white trash" (meaning financially and genetically worse off than others) and worse; “cracker,” "clay eater," "linthead," "peckerwood," "buckra" and especially redneck only scratched the surface of rejection and slander. Northerners and foreigners played this game, but the greatest hostility to poor whites came from their fellow Southerners, sometimes blacks but more often upper-class whites. Generally, the view of poor white Southerners grew more and more negative, especially in modern movies and television, which have often stressed the negative and even the grotesque while reaching huge audiences. Rednecks have borne their full share of this stereotype of lower-class Southern whites who share poverty status with immigrants, blacks, and other minorities.

Although the stereotype of poor white Southerners and Appalachians in the early twentieth century, as portrayed in popular media, was exaggerated and even grotesque, the problem of poverty was very real. The national mobilization of troops in World War I (1917-18) invited comparisons between the South and Appalachia and the rest of the country. Southern and Appalachian whites had less money, less education, and poorer health than white Americans in general. Only Southern blacks had more handicaps. In the 1920s and 1930s matters became worse when the boll weevil and the dust bowl devastated the South's agricultural base and its economy. The Great Depression was a difficult era for the already disadvantaged in the South and Appalachia. In an echo of the Whiskey Rebellion, rednecks escalated their production and bootlegging of moonshine whisky. To deliver it and avoid law-enforcement and tax agents, cars were "souped-up" to create a more maneuverable and faster vehicle. Many of the original drivers of Stock car racing were former bootleggers and "ridge-runners."

Federal programs such as the New Deal era Tennessee Valley Authority and the later Appalachian Regional Commission encouraged development and created jobs for disenfranchised rural southerners and appalachians. World War II (1941-45) began the great economic revival for the South and for Appalachia. In and out of the armed forces, unskilled Southern and Appalachian whites, and many African Americans as well, were trained for industrial and commercial work they had never dreamed of attempting, much less mastering. Military camps grew like mushrooms, especially in Georgia and Texas, and big industrial plants began to appear across the once rural landscape. Soon, blue-collar families from every nook and cranny of the South and Appalachia found their way to white-collar life in metropolitan areas like Atlanta. By the 1960s blacks had begun to share in this progress, but not all rural Southerners and Appalachians were beneficiaries of this recovery.

Author Jim Goad's 1997 book The Redneck Manifesto explores the socioeconomic history of low-income Americans. According to Goad, rednecks are traditionally pro-labor and anti-establishment and have an anti-hierarchical religious orientation. Goad argues that elites manipulate low-income people (blacks and whites especially) through classism and racism to keep them in conflict with each other and distracted from their exploitation by elites.

Modern usage
Redneck has two general uses: first, as a pejorative used by outsiders, and, second, as a term used by members within that group. To outsiders, it is generally a term for those of Southern or Appalachian rural poor backgrounds — or more loosely, rural poor to working-class people of rural extraction. (Appalachia also includes large parts of Pennsylvania, New York and other states.) Within that group, however, it is used to describe the more downscale members. Rednecks span from the poor to the working class.

As noted earlier, usage of the term redneck differs from hick and hillbilly, because rednecks reject or resist assimilation to the dominant culture, while hicks and hillbillies are isolated from it. In this way, the term redneck is similar to the term cracker.

Generally, there is a continuum from the stereotypical redneck (a derisive term) to the country person; yet there are differences. Rednecks typically are more libertine, especially in their personal lives, than other country brethren who tend towards social conservatism. In contrast to country people, stereotypical rednecks tend not to attend church, or do so infrequently. They also tend to use alcohol and gamble more than their church-going neighbors. Further, "politically apathetic" may describe some members of this group. Until the late 1970s they tended toward populism and were solidly behind the Democratic party, but have supported Republicans since the Carter presidency. [4] They are less homogeneous than the country people and other Southern whites. Many Southern celebrities like Jeff Foxworthy and the late Jerry Clower embrace the redneck label. It is used both as a term of pride and as a derogatory epithet, sometimes to paint country people and/or their lifestyle as being lower class.

Writer Edward Abbey, as well as the original Earth First! under Dave Foreman, proudly adopted the term redneck to describe themselves. This reflected the word's possible historical origin among striking coal miners to describe white rural working-class radicalism. "In Defense of the Redneck" was a popular essay by Ed Abbey. One popular early Earth First! bumper sticker was "Rednecks for Wilderness." Murray Bookchin, an urban leftist and social ecologist, objected strongly to Earth First!'s use of the term as "at the very least, insensitive." [5]

The recent prosperity of the New South changed the social status of the redneck. The 20th century ideas of Southern upward mobility, which required dropping or modifying a regional accent and joining the mainstream, was considered the norm for the region. (Exceptions were made for politicians and college football coaches, for whom a drawl was still required for regional credibility.) Newfound prosperity allowed rednecks to cling to their old ways and reject the status quo of modernity. In the 1990s, when Jeff Foxworthy drawled "you might be a redneck …" he wasn't just needling folks who had ever "fought over an inner tube." In one of his stand-up routines, Foxworthy summed up the condition as "a glorious absence of sophistication." Foxworthy also rejected the misconception that a redneck has to be a Southerner, saying "A lot of people think you have to talk like this"(meaning his Georgia accent) "to be a redneck. That is not true. I've been all over this country, there's rednecks in every single state." According to Slate columnist Bryan Curtis, "Foxworthy was also preaching to the newly minted white middle class, those who had ditched the pickup for an Audi and their ancestral segregation for affirmative action." According to University of Georgia professor James C. Cobb, "Now, feeling relatively secure and closer to the mainstream, they rebel against acting respectable, embracing this counterculture hero—the 'redneck' who is what he is, and doesn't give a damn what anybody thinks." [6]

U.S. Representative Charles B. Rangel caused controversy on February 13, 2005, by referring to Bill Clinton as a redneck in response to Hillary Clinton's refusal to support his views on the Amadou Diallo case.[7]

Popular culture

The original Daisy Duke from the television series, played by Catherine BachThe Grand Ole Opry and Hee Haw are popular entertainments from years past, and they, as well as the entertainers Hank Williams, Grandpa Jones and Jerry Clower, have seen lasting popularity within the redneck community, as well as forging opinions in the minds of those on the outside.

Since the dawn of the radio age, entertainers have traded on the redneck stereotype for humor and as a means to bond with their audiences. Stars like Minnie Pearl used homespun comedy as much as music to create a lasting persona, and sophisticated and intelligent musicians like Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt appeared on shows such as The Beverly Hillbillies, lending credence to broad humor about uncomplicated rural Americans. Some musicians who toured the country in tailored suits were put on stage in overalls surrounded by hay bales when they appeared on the television show Hee-Haw.

According to James C. Cobb, a history professor at the University of Georgia, the redneck comedian "provided a rallying point for bourgeois and lower-class whites alike. With his front-porch humor and politically outrageous bons mots, the redneck comedian created an illusion of white equality across classes." [3]

Johnny Russell was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1973 for his recording of Rednecks, White Socks, and Blue Ribbon Beer, parlaying the "common touch" into financial and critical success. Country and Western music singer Gretchen Wilson titled one of her songs Redneck Woman on her 2004 album, Here for the Party. Wilson was born and raised in Illinois.

Rockabilly and Southern Rock are among Rock and Roll musical genres favored by stereotypical rednecks. In particular, Free Bird and Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd are considered "Redneck Anthems."

The TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard, followed the adventures of two good old boys, Bo and Luke Duke, their uncle Jesse and their cousin Daisy, living in an unincorporated area of the fictional Hazzard County, in Georgia, racing around in their modified 1969 Dodge Charger, The General Lee, evading corrupt Boss Hogg and his inept county sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. Consistent with a redneck stereotype, Bo and Luke had been sentenced to probation for illegal transportation of moonshine.

In recent years, the comedic stylings of Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, and Roy D. Mercer have become popular, with the first four forming first a "Blue Collar Comedy Tour", and now a Blue Collar TV television show and film. Foxworthy's definition of redneck is "a glorious absence of sophistication."

King of the Hill is a contemporary American animated sitcom showing a modern suburban family in Arlen, Texas. In the show, they are sometimes derisively called "redneck" and "hillbilly" by a Laotian neighbor.

Exclaves
There are also several areas where large groups of rednecks live outside of their normal ranges. One is Bakersfield, California and the surrounding area, which experienced mass migration by Arkansans (Arkies) and Oklahomans (Okies) during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl era of the 1930s, by people seeking to leave poverty and crop failures behind them.

In the 1950s, Bakersfield country musicians such as Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and Wynn Stewart helped develop a unique country music style called the Bakersfield sound. Their influence was so great that Bakersfield is second only to Nashville, Tennessee, in country music fame. Bakersfield continues to produce and influence famous country music artists.

Central Pennsylvania is often seen as redneck country, as in Democratic Party strategist James Carville's reputed description of the state: "Philadelphia at one end, Pittsburgh at the other, Alabama in the middle."

Other exclaves can be found throughout the oil-producing areas of Alaska. In the second half of the 20th-Century, concurrent with the development of the oil industry and pipeline, large numbers of Gulf Coast petroleum workers moved to Alaska for high pay and adventure — and many stayed.

Alberta and Saskatchewan are sometimes said to be the home of rednecks in Canada, due to its similarities to Texas (oil, farming, and ranching). Like rural people elsewhere, some Canadians continue to see this as a highly offensive term while others have claimed it and proudly describe themselves as rednecks. This difference often arises because the former consider the term to connote racist beliefs while the latter believe it implies traditional rural values (e.g. work ethic, honesty, self-reliance, simplicity).


Related terms

Australia and New Zealand
The term "bogan" is used in Australia and New Zealand to describe individuals of Anglo-Celtic heritage living in rural or poor suburban regions.

The Caribbean and Latin America
"Poor whites" in Barbados (descendants largely of seventeenth century English, Scottish, and Irish indentured servants and deportees) were called "red legs." Many of these families moved to Virginia and the Carolinas as large sugar plantations replaced small tobacco farming in the Caribbean.

In Brazil, the term "caipira" is used to define inhabitants from the countryside of Brazilian states (chiefly rural); they are considered the Brazilian counterparts of American rednecks. Depending of how the word is applied, it can acquire pejorative connotations, the strongest of them being to intentionally pronounce the word capiau (kah-pee-ow) as "kah-pee-arr," as a caipira supposedly would do. Another slur is to refer to one as a "Jeca" (zhe-kah), from the fictional character Jeca Tatu created by Brazilian writer Monteiro Lobato.

In Chile, the term "huaso" describes people who work or live in the rural sectors of the country. They are described as wearing a poncho, straw hat and cowboy boots.

In Mexico, the slang term "Naco" can be used to define a lower-class Mexican who displays qualities similar to North-American rednecks such as ignorance and low-brow tastes. [4]. "Charro" can also be considered another equivalent word as it is normally used towards traditional Mexican cowboys although it is sometimes used pejoratively towards rural Mexicans.

In Puerto Rico the term "jíbaro" can be considered a rough equivalent of the word "redneck" since it is used to refer to residents of rural areas that typically work as farmers or manual-laborers. It is also similar to the term "redneck" as it can be used pejoratively or complimentary. In the latter sense it is used to refer to "true boricuas" that live a rugged life of farming and maintain typical Puerto Rican traditions and values alive. In the pejorative sense however, it refers to uneducated rubes who are close-minded and oblivious to the ways of the modern world.


North America
In the United States, the term "farmer tan" is sometimes used to refer to a sunburn, particularly when the sunburned area covers only the neck and arms of the individual. This can also refer to a suntan covering the same area. Another variation of the "farmer tan" is the trucker tan, which refers to the occurrence of the left arm being of a deeper tan than the right arm, as a result of being rested along or out of the driver's side window of the stereotypical redneck's pickup truck or tractor-trailer.

"White cracker" or simply "cracker" was originally a pejorative term for a white person, mainly used in the Southern United States, and still is in many instances. It has also, however, increasingly been used as a proud (or self-deprecating) term by some Southern whites —or American whites in general—in reference to themselves.

The term "goat roper" is sometimes used as a term of derision for unsophisticated rural people in the Southwestern United States, Arkansas, and Gulf States. It alludes to the belief that a person who raises or "ropes" goats is inferior to a cowboy or cattle rancher. This term may have roots in the range wars between ranchers and sheep or goat ranchers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. [8] [9] The term is used in some western communities to describe individuals who prefer a western/cowboy image, but not the rugged life-style (e.g. "Him in a rodeo? Only if he's roping goats with the kids.") [10]

The term "peckerwood," an inversion of woodpecker, is also used, but usually only with negative connotations. It was coined in the 19th century by Southern blacks to describe poor whites. They considered them loud and troublesome like the bird, often with red hair like the woodpecker's head plumes. This word is still widely used by Southern blacks to refer to Southern whites.

"Swamp Yankee" is a term used by urban Yankees to describe rural New Englanders.

In Canada, "redneck" is used in much the same way as it is in the United States. It is mostly used for people from the Prairie provinces and rural areas in British Columbia and Ontario.

The term "blueneck" is a recently coined corollary of redneck. Its meaning can vary significantly based on usage. It can refer to a "cold-weather redneck" from Canada, Alaska, or other cold areas of North America.[11] [12] It can also be used to signify a "leftist redneck." [13]


South Africa
In South Africa, the Afrikaans term "rooinek" (meaning redneck) was derisively applied by Afrikaners to the British soldiers who fought during the Boer Wars, because their skin was sensitive to the harsh African sun. The phrase is still used by Afrikaners to describe South Africans of English descent.


See also
Classism
Folk culture
Good old boys
Good ol' boy network
Hick
Hillbilly
List of ethnic slurs
The New Redneck Workshop
The Redneck Manifesto
Redneck Rampage
Redneck Riviera
Whiskey Rebellion

Sources
Abbey, Edward. "In Defense of the Redneck", from Abbey's Road: Take the Other. New York: E. P. Dutton, 1979
Goad, Jim. The Redneck Manifesto: How Hillbillies, Hicks, and White Trash Became America's Scapegoats. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1997
Webb, James H. Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America. New York: Broadway Books, 2004
Weston, Ruth D. "The Redneck Hero in the Postmodern World". South Carolina Review, Spring 1993
Wilson, Charles R. and William Ferris, eds. Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, 1989

External links
New Redneck Workshop
Poor Whites — The Georgia Encyclopedia (history)

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My interpretation is that use of the term redneck is a form of satire of class humour. Is it racism? No, not as the term is defined because it does not espouse race theory...however, it does have some roots in classism and perhaps for some people if taken seriously that could be considered somewhat pernicious.

How is it portrayed? Does the redneck joke in any way have the malice or patronizing quality of the blackface minstrel show? I don't think you can seriously draw the comparison. I think the sheer level of absurdity, as one would apply to a case of slander or libel, would seem to suggest that no one would take such jokes seriously and thus, be harmed by them in any real way.

Are "redneck jokes" likely to marginalize, dehumanize or incite people to violence against poor rural whites of possible low education or conservative values? Considering the origin of the majority of redneck jokes is the Blue Collar Comedy tour, Hee Haw, and that community itself and not New York Comedy writers, I don't think there is much danger of that.

Do you agree or disagree? Do you feel that the term redneck can be racist? Or is it merely classist? Or is it only satire/parody and should those who are overly sensitive to the use of such a term thicken their skin and relax, crack a Lone Star and have a good laugh with their Laotian neighbour, Khan, tell yuh whut?
 AE-Dave
Joined: 11/29/2006
Msg: 122
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 3/28/2007 10:18:41 PM

actually" cracker" was originated from the florida cowboys when they would crack their whip at the cattle. That is where the term" cracker" came from.From the sound of the whip.


Actually it was their horse team when they were coming up the trail the houses were so far apart and there was no phones at that time, so the only way you knew someone was coming was the crack of the whip.....which reminds me, PROUD TO BE A CRACKER REDNECK!
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 126
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 3/29/2007 2:46:48 PM
you have hurricane insurance on your trash can
you have medical insurance for your pet squirrel
you have fire insurance for your cigarette cartons
you have home owners insurance on your pick up truck
you have auto insurance on your mobile home
you have life insurance on your batteries
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 135
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/4/2007 4:28:50 PM
you go to the zoo to hunt
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 136
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/4/2007 6:53:30 PM
You think Busch Gardens was named after George W Bush
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 138
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/5/2007 3:08:18 AM
If you can relate to all those slasher types in those horror flicks that take place in the backwoods.
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 139
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/5/2007 3:40:38 PM
If the only word you can spell is NASCAR
 ear4music
Joined: 11/24/2005
Msg: 146
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/9/2007 8:38:32 PM
Oh No, now I know my family is not normal. My late uncle died and my Aunt remarried. She married her son's wife's father! Does anybody know what that makes him to me? Now try to figure our family tree on the computer! The computer would probably crash. I already know Abraham Lincoln was one of my great,great,and so on Grand Fathers!(absolutely true!)
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 150
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/14/2007 3:12:21 AM
you boycott your garage because its a French word.
you think GWB is the best leader ever
your bathroom is your neighbors back yard
 Moon Boss
Joined: 12/29/2006
Msg: 151
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/14/2007 8:40:12 AM
You mow your yard...and find a car.

You have a complete engine hanging from a stout chain over the greasy spot below the shade tree.
 sinned
Joined: 2/18/2007
Msg: 153
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You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/14/2007 2:29:02 PM
you take your exspecting pregnant wife/girlfreind to the super market because they have free delivery.....
 melisa64
Joined: 11/13/2005
Msg: 155
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You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/14/2007 2:33:18 PM
........If you stabelize your kitchen table by putting a crushed beer can under the leg.

.........You sleep in the nude but its cold so you wear your socks.

.........Have a fight with your old lady and SHE sleeps in the truck.

................................................ ...................................I know, there awfull! I just wanted to take my turn........
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 156
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/16/2007 2:41:38 AM
you use your washing machine to wash condoms
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 157
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/16/2007 3:48:18 AM
you brag about eating p***y.....and you are talking about the cat
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 162
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/27/2007 12:55:30 PM
you call to complain to your cable company that there is no incest on the family channel .
the only channels you get on your tv are outdoor network, f-x , speed and christian broadcast channel .
your idea of an authentic spaghetti dinner consists of hay drowned in moonshine .
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 165
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 4/28/2007 3:00:13 AM
you bring your hunting guns to a petting zoo
your December electric is more money than every other month of the year combined
go to Las Vegas with wooden nickels
you call your tractor 'deer'e more than your wife
your kids go to the redneck high school and the valedictorian has an IQ of 35
Speed bumps are used for dislodging the dirt on your dashboard and car seats
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 169
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 5/2/2007 3:07:02 AM
If your pet alligator has a tooth brush and you don't
If you are protesting the 2 term governor limit, because you still want Jeb Bush in office.
You get out of taking your kids to disney world by pointing out the mice running around the house .
You do all your food shopping at the liquor store
 lovableladywanted
Joined: 5/14/2006
Msg: 176
You might be a redneck if..................
Posted: 9/1/2007 9:22:23 AM
You do not vote in any election that a BUSH is not on the ticket .
You are a member of a labor union yet still support GOP candidates.
You eat Ice Cream with a fork and knife.
Your family practices safe sex....... with each other.
Your favorite reality show is TO CATCH A PREDATOR , because you are guaranteed to see family members or close friends on every episode.
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