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Old 10-24-2014, 02:21 PM
 
Location: USA
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I always thought rednecks and rebel flags were connected.

 
Old 10-25-2014, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Labels are for cans, jars and bottles.
 
Old 10-26-2014, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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Originally Posted by ChiBlackhawks View Post
I feel like a lot of folks on here think that redneck and Southern are synonyms. Where in fact they're not. It's possible to be redneck and not Southern. It's also possible to be Southern and not redneck.

So, these cities, I think, are the most redneck without being Southern:
1. Bakersfield, CA
2. Tucson, AZ
3. Fort Wayne, IN
4. Spokane, WA
5. Utica, NY

Likewise, these cities, I think, are the most Southern without being redneck:
1. Charleston, SC
2. Savannah, GA
3. Lexington, KY
4. Ashville, NC
5. Chapel Hill, NC

What do y'all think?
Rednecks are definitely not limited to the South. I've been all over this country, in roughly 40 out of the 50 states, and I can't think of a single state where I didn't encounter rednecks. Even in the big, coastal cities. Some states had a higher abundance than others, but they weren't all Southern states.

The media has long portrayed the "typical" redneck as someone with a thick Southern accent, and I do believe that is why they are more often associated with the South and Southern culture. That, and the fact that term was originally coined in the 1830's to describe the poor white labor class in the South. However, in a more modern context, and definitely in my own experience, regional accents have nothing to do with how "redneck" one is. Being "redneck" also doesn't necessarily equate with conservative politics, evangelical religious beliefs, or poverty. As hard as it may be to believe, I have met more than a few liberal, Atheist rednecks who were doing well financially.

What defines "redneck" to me, is an inherent lack of modern sophistication, and a more unrefined, seemingly backwards mentality and mannerism. Lack of education and poor grammar skills often play into it. This is something that isn't limited to any one region. I don't want to sound like I hate all rednecks. I don't. I have actually met quite a few affable, down to Earth, and even "fun to be around" rednecks, though that's more often an exception rather than a rule.

As for your list, I suppose there is some truth to that, though I don't think it's that simple. For instance, I currently live about an hour outside of Spokane, one of the cities in your list. Spokane, though definitely not a sophisticated city, isn't exactly what I would call majority-redneck. There are definitely some very redneck areas, but they only make up a small percentage of the city as a whole. Now Bakersfield, I can see that. I've spent some time there, and the whole city seemed to have that "vibe". Tucson is the most misplaced city in your list. I don't find it to be very redneck at all. Tucson is more of a laid-back, liberal college town with a large presence of modern youth culture. Not exactly textbook "redneck". Though I'm sure, just like Spokane, Tucson has it's redneck areas.
 
Old 10-26-2014, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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Anyhow, I thought redneck meant wearing camo hats, work boots, driving pickup trucks, and listening to country music.
 
Old 10-26-2014, 03:09 PM
 
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Originally Posted by ChiBlackhawks View Post
I feel like a lot of folks on here think that redneck and Southern are synonyms. Where in fact they're not. It's possible to be redneck and not Southern. It's also possible to be Southern and not redneck.

So, these cities, I think, are the most redneck without being Southern:
1. Bakersfield, CA
2. Tucson, AZ
3. Fort Wayne, IN
4. Spokane, WA
5. Utica, NY

Likewise, these cities, I think, are the most Southern without being redneck:
1. Charleston, SC
2. Savannah, GA
3. Lexington, KY
4. Ashville, NC
5. Chapel Hill, NC

What do y'all think?
That's because they're dumbasses. End of thread.
 
Old 10-26-2014, 11:54 PM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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There are plenty of rednecks in New Mexico, many who speak Spanish, and New Mexico definitely isn't Southern except on a compass.
 
Old 03-08-2017, 03:40 PM
 
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Well, let me speak now. I'm from Pennsylvania, born and raised, and the main region of Penn, known as Pennsyltucky. And it has done pissed me off when people who ain't red neck but very damn much southern prep say "redneck?????? From the north?????" Yet they done be caught dead in they're frilly ole dresses n heels. Let a true redneck get er straight. Where I come from, a majority of the people round here are redneck. Yes. Pennsylvania is an EXTREMELY redneck state. Everyone round here, including Me, My everything TJ and His family, A majority of My friends and family, even a majority of my teachers, and Me and TJ are continuing the tradition and ways with our children, hunt, fish, trap,ride horses WESTERN NOT ENGLISH, drive trucks, go muddin, camp, boat, and we're born and raised true country rednecks. So if y'all, as preps, in y'alls frilly dresses, pearls, and heels think your a redneck, think again hunny bunches o' oats. You ain't redneck. Sass me all y'all want and get a YEE YEE and a punch right back in y'alls faces.
 
Old 03-08-2017, 05:42 PM
 
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I don't really understand the point of this thread.

Rednecks can be found in every region, just go to any rural area (excluding college towns and popular vacation spots) in North America (yes Canada has rednecks as well).
 
Old 03-08-2017, 11:16 PM
 
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Much of Appalachian Pennsylvania and New York are "rednecky"
 
Old 03-08-2017, 11:36 PM
 
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Redneck but not southern
1. Topeka KS
2. Dayton OH
3. York PA
4. Pocatello ID
5. Decatur IL
Southern but not redneck
1. Austin TX
2. Savannah GA
3. Chattanooga TN
4. Chapel Hill NC
5. Huntsville AL

Looking at this list I question whether redneck where ever really exclusive to the south.
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