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Old November 15th, 2012, 05:02 PM   #21

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Wow i cant believe the US government used so much violence towards the common working man, thanks for the link very interesting read.
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Old November 15th, 2012, 07:27 PM   #22
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Well, come on down here. HNIC is used for a certain world leader so much, you'd think it was the new title for his office.
But are the people that use the N word and think that way all red necks? The red necks I know have gotten past that generations ago.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #23

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People talk about rednecks like they're all from the South but I've seen rednecks up north too. I've seen rednecks in upstate New York.

I've known some rednecks who take pride in the label too. There's even the redneck games in Georgia.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 01:13 AM   #24

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And here's the other side of the story. If they like you and trust you, those "rednecks" would give you the shirt off of their back. They are loyal to their friends to a fault.

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But, if you "ain't from around here," they won't like or trust you.
Neither of these stereotypes is completely true. Like every group of people, rednecks come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. Some are the nicest people you can ever meet, and others are the most horrid you can come across.

Here is a documentary series about rednecks that I love to watch.


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Old November 16th, 2012, 02:34 AM   #25

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Heh, the description of rednecks partially suits the (far more effete) "Little Englander" as found in England. Bigoted, ignorant, narrow in outlook........

But effete.

I've been to Georgia (USA) and I really liked those people, most of whom were regarded as rednecks much further north. They were indeed generous and humorous and damned good fun, even the policemen who tried shooting me. If you treat them right, they'll treat you right.

Can't ask for more.

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Old November 16th, 2012, 04:14 AM   #26

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But are the people that use the N word and think that way all red necks? The red necks I know have gotten past that generations ago.
The word is flung about in most strata here, though rednecks are less discreet about it. A more direct answer to your question is most rednecks use the word. All is never a good word to use in social issues.

Except for military related time, I have lived my entire life here. 60 years almost. I went to schools with these folks, my children went to school with theirs. I know of the Klan affiliations of a few of their fathers now gone, as well of the fathers of business owners and a couple of the older politicians, likewise. Such affiliations of the current generation does not exist, now. In fact, around here the younger rednecks are more of a "redneck light". Yeah, many run around in pickup trucks with giant tires and lift kits, but those trucks are of the $30k variety now. I often say that I can only go by what I see in front of me. What happens outside that scope has very little impact on the forming of my opinion and the impact in my life.

Oh yeah, those redneck games you may hear about are pretty much a lot of over the top role playing in contempt of the general stereotypical view of the nation.
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And here's the other side of the story. If they like you and trust you, those "rednecks" would give you the shirt off of their back. They are loyal to their friends to a fault.
This statement is very true. I deal with many "rednecks" and, provided you are on their good side, they can be a kind and generous people. They tend to remind me of characters out of "Confederates in the Attic." Rednecks are as straightforward a people as you can find, there is no subtlety in their opinions, usually, very conservative and very evangelical Christian, to put it mildly.

Redneck, I also define as a class distinction. Most rednecks tend to be on the lower ring of society. Most I know tend to live in the country and in mobile homes. However, that is not to say, that there are not many who consider themselves rednecks and are in the higher rungs of society, but are less vocal on being rednecks though wear it with an aire of pride when among friends

Tho' rednecks can be generous to friends, lo to him that is on his bad side. Stubborn as mules, they can take feuds to new heights and are not afraid of the physical altercation, if you get my drift. I have many stories of dealing with the southern redneck, some rather humorous, some sad, but my overall opinion of dealing with them is rather positive.

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I'm from a working class coalmining family and shovelled hundreds if not thousands of tons of (free delivery) coal for my father in my youth, lived in a small trailer with two cats and Janet when homeless and now live in social housing. Am I a redneck? Impossible to classify people...but of course this is Wales and not America.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 05:26 AM   #29

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I'm from a working class coalmining family and shovelled hundreds if not thousands of tons of (free delivery) coal for my father in my youth, lived in a small trailer with two cats and Janet when homeless and now live in social housing. Am I a redneck? Impossible to classify people...but of course this is Wales and not America.
Ah! But you don't have a shotgun, an ancient pick-up truck, a confederate flag on the wall and a well-thumbed copy of Dolly Parton's slimming magazine!
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Working class people are not rednecks. The term (as mentioned above) was rural in its origin, and it remains so. Pickup trucks and hunting rifles are "redneck." Ball caps with corn cob or motor oil logos are "redneck." NASCAR is.....well, NASCAR.

Oh, I forgot, this is the US. Everyone is middle class (and all the children are above average). My mistake. Hill folk who live in trailers are just like Wall Street sociopaths. No rednecks here.
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