(Closed) Spin-off: What is your definition of a “redneck”?

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I live in the south and I don’t think it’s a term of pride..maybe for some people, but not for most. I think most would prefer to be called ‘country’. It also depends how you say it. If it’s meant as an insult, then it’s obviously derogatory (the way it was originally used in the last thread about boars was DEFINITELY a derogatory comment).

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
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I know it has to do with a coal mining rebellion where the miners wore red scarves around their necks during a battle….but I always think of my dad who thinks sunscreen is for lesser mortals and will sit on a tractor plowing fields for hours and thus end up with a red neck & white back.  So I kind of like the term =)

p.s I don’t know what the previous thread was, so excuse my ignorance on that aspect of this haha.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

My husband is from the south, and definitley takes pride in his “redneck” status in an “I don’t take myself too seriously” kind of way. No he doesn’t have a Confederate flag waving around on his truck either. When I mentioned that some find it derogatory he laughed, so it probably just depends on the person’s perception of the word.

As far as what it really means in terms of him, I’m not sure he even knows!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
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I think it might depend on the area. I am from rural Florida.. My husband hunts and fishes. We own an airboat. I have been to Nascar races. 

Yet, we are not considered rednecks. I think for the most part, around here it still has the same deragatory meaning it always has; a poor, uneducated, unsophisticated bigoted white person. People might joke that they are a little redneck, but no one wants to be called that. It’s pretty much the same as being called white trash. The people I have heard actually “claim it” and proudly say they are rednecks (not jokingly) tend to fit the above description. 

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@KatyElle: lol I think the term has been watered down a lot with how popular country music is getting…they call themselves redneck a lot and those guys are far from dingy looking back woods cousin lovers….

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@pinky44: I think for the most part, around here it still has the same deragatory meaning it always has; a poor, uneducated, unsophisticated bigoted white person. People might joke that they are a little redneck, but no one wants to be called that. It’s pretty much the same as being called white trash.

I agree with everything you just said!!

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think for the most part, around here it still has the same deragatory meaning it always has; a poor, uneducated, unsophisticated bigoted white person. People might joke that they are a little redneck, but no one wants to be called that. It’s pretty much the same as being called white trash.

This.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@murmur: My husband grew up in the mountains in a house with no running water. They used an outhouse. His stepfather was very live-off-the-land, he’d go on night hunting trips, he learned to fish on the river, they grew their own vegetables, stuff like that. For him it’s more like “I can take care of myself without a 90 inch tv” kind of thing… you know?

If other people find it derogatory, I guess that’s their perception. Won’t stop him from saying it.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@KatyElle: yes! I totally know! I grew up in a house in the foothills without electricity or running water and with a vegetable garden and cattle ranch haha! (my parents did build a house with modern functions when I got older though, for the record!)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i think for most ppl its offensive but i dont think its anything to get worked up over. It can go eitherway… if its meant as a insult then yeah its obviously offensive. some ppl take pride in being called redneck, which i think they mean “country” since its used as a descriptive word for —way of life—

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with bree’s definition pretty much, “a poor, uneducated, unsophisticated bigoted white person.” BUT I don’t think it’s quite the same as “white trash.”

I don’t think it necessarily has to have negative connotations (I might disagree with the word “bigoted” in the definition.) I can imagine some nice old man sitting on a tractor with a big grin on his face and only half his teeth. I think “white trash” is always mean, and refers to a mean person. “Redneck” could possibly be said affectionately, like about someone who grew up in the country and is just a poor, uneducated, but nice and friendly, white person.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Well, here in Wisconsin (at least in my area), redneck can be both a term of pride and derrogatory. “Rednecks” drive big, loud, old trucks with stack and such, listen to country music, swear a lot, and are generally Republican and often racist. Someone around here flies a huge confederate flag on his truck- definitely considered a redneck, which he obviously loves and most people consider terrible. We may have stolen the flag off his truck once… lol. He replaced it though.

ETA: Oh, and redneck around here definitely does not mean uneducated or poor. I know rich kids and college kids who’d be considered rednecks. And an old man farming and sitting on his porch in his farmer clothes would not be considered redneck at all… maybe a hillbilly, affectionately. Redneck and hick are pretty much synonyms here.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@joy2011:“Redneck” could possibly be said affectionately, like about someone who grew up in the country and is just a poor, uneducated, but nice and friendly, white person.

Being called poor or uneducated would never be taken as a term of affection LOL!

but not bashing you, just saying…….

My neighbor who was like my grandpa was an old “redneck” he never went to school past 6th grade and he was the smartest man ive ever met in my entire life. No Joke….. just saying haha
 

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@murmur: His too! When he was 17 they moved into a place “in town” that had all that. I’ve seen his old house, and no one even lives in it anymore.

But he’s the most open minded and cool person I know (he went to Drag Brunch with me a few times with my old theater friends) and grew up to be a fantastic chef, so redneck can’t always mean white trash 🙂

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