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Old 02-11-2008, 10:00 AM
 
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I know what redneck means to me, but I have a feeling that my understanding of the word is not like the rest of the country's.

For one thing, I grew up surrounded by some of the nicest people in the world, but I suspect they would be labeled as rednecks by urban dwellers.

So if you live in Charlotte, whether transplant or native, I would like to know what it means to you when someone refers to another person as a "redneck."

For example . . . I hear people who move here refer to "white trash" as rednecks, and the two terms are not interchangeable in my vocabulary.

So please enlighten me what you all think "redneck" really means.

I have a feeling that to people from other parts of the country, "redneck" may be a code word for "locals." I also think some people who have an overly inflated opinion of themselves seem to think anyone who is "blue collar" or "working class" is a redneck.

I remember my Momma being told by someone from Chicago that the only thing wrong w/ the South is "all the rednecks." Her reply?

"Well, for heaven's sake. These are good people. I would rather be a redneck than a snob."

 
Old 02-11-2008, 10:46 AM
 
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I equate "redneck" with people that don't take care of their bodies or their property. When i see someone chain-smoking or living in a house with a pile of crap and ten cars in the yard, I see red.
 
Old 02-11-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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Old 02-11-2008, 10:53 AM
 
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Good topic! I grew up in Florida, and my view there was a gung-ho, pickup-drivin, tabaccky-chewin', rebel flag wavin' good ol' boy--which I had no problems with. Some of my best friends were Florida rednecks. :}
But when I moved to South Carolina in the mid 80s, it was slightly different. They tended to be as described above, but more racist, and closer to the land.
When I met my wife in the early 90s (she's an SC native) her definition was very different from mine. For her, the main symbol of a redneck was ownership or desire of an 80s Camaro or Mustang. It just seemed to fit the rednecks in her region. Of course, once again, these are fine people for the most part, they just had some different interests than she did.
White trash is another story in my view--a redneck is not necessarily white trash, especially the sub-genre my wife refers to, the "dressed-up redneck".
So we have both carried these perspectives to Charlotte, where we don't see many rednecks.
But I agree with your Momma--I'd rather be a redneck than a snob too.

It reminds me of something I read years ago--a writer trying to pinpoint where the yankees really are. According to the writer: In the south, everybody up north is a yankee. Up north, they tend to point to New England. In New England they point to Massachusetts. in Massachusetts, they point to Boston. In Boston, they say, "Well, it's really a small group of people in the past--the term doesn't fit anymore."
But a true redneck is proud to be one.
 
Old 02-11-2008, 11:05 AM
 
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Great topic.

Some believe the term 'redneck' actually comes from a NY civil war calvary. Go figure!


They wore 'red neck ties' to disguise themselves among Confederate troops but actually fought for the Union army.

Quote:
"...while acting as an aide to General Custer, took a flag from the hands of the color-bearer, rode in front of the line that was being driven back, and, under heavy fire, rallied the men, reformed the line, and repulsed the charge..."
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:09 AM
 
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Great topic.

Some believe the term 'redneck' actually comes from a NY civil war calvary. Go figure!


They wore 'red neck ties' to disguise themselves among Confederate troops but actually fought for the Union army.



15th New York Cavalry Home Page
interesting! I have never heard this!
 
Old 02-11-2008, 11:12 AM
 
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I'm sticking with Jeff Foxworthy's interpretations and leave it at that!
 
Old 02-11-2008, 11:25 AM
 
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:35 AM
 
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Those hillbillies blocking the road to the whitewater park...I think they paddled upstream from the chattoga river (Deliverance).
 
Old 02-11-2008, 11:40 AM
 
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Those hillbillies blocking the road to the whitewater park...I think they paddled upstream from the chattoga river (Deliverance).
Oh lord! They were not rednecks in Deliverance! They were psychopaths!

I was scared to go canoeing, tubing or white water rafting for years after seeing that movie. Now the people blocking the entrance from the whitewater park - they were just exercising their property rights. That is the American way - you get to protest.

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