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  •  Um, they don't think it's a derogatory word. (3+ / 0-)
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    Damnit Janet, poligirl, antirove

    Being a redneck is a matter of pride.

    "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

    by Geekesque on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 09:55:59 AM PDT

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    •  Co-worker of spouse is from Arizona (7+ / 0-)

      he calls himself Redneck.  It's a badge of pride.  Hell my mom's side of the family call themselves Rednecks. It's basically their religion.  A badge of hate and ignorance.  

      It's their way of stating how radical they are.  To be honest it's why I state clearly that I'm a Liberal.  I'm far more left of Democrat as I don't pardon the tresspasses or the loss of basic rights and the need to fight harder even while a Dem is in office.

      I actually heard a customer say she was "anti-science" last week.  Imagine...  copping to being anti-science...

      "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

      by Damnit Janet on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 10:00:46 AM PDT

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    •  I Have Freinds Who Have Been called Rednecks (4+ / 0-)

      ...and don't appreciate it. My experience.

      Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.~~~ Susan Sontag

      by frandor55 on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 10:39:22 AM PDT

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    •  "They" (3+ / 0-)

      Just because that doofus Jeff Foxworthy made a mint with his "redneck" humor, doesn't mean that rural people appreciate the term.

      It also depends quite a lot on who is using it and how it is used.  I wouldn't mind it's use among the folks I grew up with, but I can tell you right now I didn't appreciate hearing rich suburban white kids in college flinging it around like they knew what the hell they were talking about.

      My understanding is that the term started as a derogatory name for poor white farmers who worked in the sun.  

      But rather than blather on about the term redneck in a diary about Native Americans protesting, I just tell you that it is a term that needs to be used more carefully than it is.

      Diary pending!

      •  Understood (2+ / 0-)
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        joe shikspack, Geekesque

        Our experiences are different.

        I was poor and raised by rednecks.. Rednecks who were proud to call themselves such.

        I almost always knew it mean "mean and willfully ignorant".  

        I've met smart farmers, dumb farmers, smart rich white kids as well as dumb rich white kids.  But "redneck" to me had nothing to do with working hard outside.  

        Down in the biblebelt and oh yes there is one in southern Washington (STATE)  you'll see more confederate flags then you'll see American flags.

        But I do appreciate where you are coming from.  

        "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

        by Damnit Janet on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 08:30:08 PM PDT

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      •  I grew up in a rural red State. (0+ / 0-)

        I lived amongst that crowd for 18 years.

        "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

        by Geekesque on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 07:39:17 AM PDT

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