What does it mean to all the non-rednecks in the South?The term Redneck is chiefly used for a poor rural white person of the Southern United States. It can be a derogatory slang term similar in meaning to cracker (especially regarding Georgia and Florida), hillbilly (especially regarding Appalachia and the Ozarks), and white trash (but without the last term's suggestions of immorality).
You really can't define what something means to other people. I am fully aware that if I travel to other areas, I don't get to define what things mean to the people I meet. Likewise, if you travel to my little corner of the world, the Confederate flag is going to symbolize racism.
Take tipping for example. To me it is an act of appreciation. If I travel to other countries it would behoove me to research what it means to others. I can't just scream from the top of my lungs that tipping is an act of appreciation and therefore you can't be offended by it!
I think most people associate rednecks with being prejudiced and intolerant of black people, Jewish people, gay people, etc. It's not about being working class, it's about being narrow-minded.redneck
[red-nek] Show IPA Informal: Often Disparaging.
noun 1. an uneducated white farm laborer, especially from the South.
2. a bigot or reactionary, especially from the rural working class.
adjective 3. Also, red-necked. narrow, prejudiced, or reactionary: a redneck attitude. Synonyms: biased, narrow-minded, intolerant. Antonyms: fair-minded, open-minded, broad-minded, tolerant, unbiased, impartial
Certainly in New Jersey this is the case. The Confederate flag absolutely represents racism in this part of the country. I don't doubt that it has a very different connotation in the deep south, but New Jersey is not the deep south.
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1 sometimes disparaging : a white member of the Southern rural laboring class
often disparaging : a person whose behavior and opinions are similar to those attributed to rednecks
I do not see it as a negative... I see rural laboring classes as some of the most hardworking people on the planet.. so.. I do not see the word badly. Though people use it as a negative term.. it is used by people who think they are close minded etc... But the first definition should not be a negative..
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
I don't see why it matters what it means to people living in Tennessee and Texas, or any other place besides NJ. Different culture different people. Its a distraction and the school has a right to request its removal if its going to be parked on their property.
The kid is in NJ, Southerners, not enough people think the way you think there, thus it causes problems.
End of story.
Like i'll give you an example, one summer on the way to a town far away we drove through an extremely rural area. As we were driving down this rural route we passed two full grown adult guys in their white undershirts. One was driving a dirt bike and he was pulling the other guy behind him on a plastic sled...just for ****s and giggles.
Thats was a very redneck thing to be doing by the cultural standards up here. They may hate black people, they may not. But whether they do or not does not make them a redneck, the fact that they were in their undershirts yehawing it on a dirtbike and plastic sled did. (Because you know, they live on this rural road in the middle of nowhere. I mean what else are you going to do on a Saturday afternoon)
Last edited by KimPossible; 03-31-2014 at 09:04 AM.
KimPossible = your description is simply what RURAL people do..... for fun.. has nothing to do with the South. So now... Rural people can't be proud and have a FLAG at school...
This would in essence mean a huge 4x4 with mud on the side.. from going muddin after school... or a gun rack in the back (oh you are right no guns allowed on campus's anymore)... even though our kids start learning to shoot when they are about 6yo and mine is getting his first gun at 12 yo..
I do see your POINT in social groups... but we are in the USA... right? We are going to start legislating people out of their own cultures if they move to a different location? or if they identify with a different culture? Sounds a bit like what happened with the Native Americans.. just on a more spread out diluted scale so it has been subversively accepted.
Not everyone has to act like a liberal democrat from the city to be acceptable in society at large.
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
Yeah i think you just misunderstood the point i was making in response to Laurie, it really had nothing to do with the original debate, only this idea that redneck can be equated with a bigot. Just saying its not universally true.This would in essence mean a huge 4x4 with mud on the side.. from going muddin after school... or a gun rack in the back (oh you are right no guns allowed on campus's anymore)... even though our kids start learning to shoot when they are about 6yo and mine is getting his first gun at 12 yo..
No, its just that you can't cause disruption at a school no matter WHAT your culture is.I do see your POINT in social groups... but we are in the USA... right? We are going to start legislating people out of their own cultures if they move to a different location? or if they identify with a different culture? Sounds a bit like what happened with the Native Americans.. just on a more spread out diluted scale so it has been subversively accepted.