Who Ever Said You Couldn’t be a Redneck AND an Engineer?
How do you get a couch moved out a 3rd floor apartment?
For you sensitive types – not that we gve a damn – especially Jeff Foxworthy:
The term redneck is a derogatory term chiefly used for a rural poor white person of the Southern United States. Its usage is similar in meaning to cracker especially in Georgia, Texas, and Florida..
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By the 1970s, the term had become offensive slang, and its meaning had expanded to mean bigoted, loutish, and opposed to modern ways.
Patrick Huber has emphasized the theme of masculinity in the continued expansion of the term in the 20th century, noting, “The redneck has been stereotyped in the media and popular culture as a poor, dirty, uneducated, and racist Southern white man.
She even said, “This can’t end well.”
Works for us. Buy those guys a pizza and a six pack.
Political term for poor farmers
The term characterized farmers having a red neck caused by sunburn from hours working in the fields. A citation from provides a definition as “poorer inhabitants of the rural districts…men who work in the field, as a matter of course, generally have their skin stained red and burnt by the sun, and especially is this true of the back of their necks”.
By 1900, “rednecks” was in common use to designate the political factions inside the Democratic Party comprising poor white farmers in the South The same group was also often called the “wool hat boys” (for they opposed the rich men, who wore expensive silk hats). A newspaper notice in Mississippi in August 1891 called on rednecks to rally at the polls at the upcoming primary election:
Primary on the 25th.
And the “rednecks” will be there.
And the “Yaller-heels” will be there, also.
And the “hayseeds” and “gray dillers,” they’ll be there, too.
And the “subordinates” and “subalterns” will be there to rebuke their slanderers and traducers.
And the men who pay ten, twenty, thirty, etc. etc. per cent on borrowed money will be on hand, and they’ll remember it, too.
By 1910, the political supporters of the Mississippi Democratic Party politician James K. Vardaman—chiefly poor white farmers—began to describe themselves proudly as “rednecks,” even to the point of wearing red neckerchiefs to political rallies and picnics.
Linguist Sterling Eisiminger, based on the testimony of informants from the Southern United States, speculated that the prevalence of pellagra in the region during the great depression may have contributed to the rise in popularity of the term; red, inflamed skin is one of the first symptoms of that disorder to appear.
The term “redneck” in the early 20th century was occasionally used in reference to American coal miner union members who wore red bandannas for solidarity. The sense of “a union man” dates at least to the 1910s and was especially popular during the 1920s and 1930s in the coal-producing regions of West Virginia, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. It was also used by union strikers to describe poor white strikebreakers.
Johnny Russell was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1973 for his recording of “Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer”, parlaying the “common touch” into financial and critical success.
Further songs referencing rednecks include “Rednecks” by Randy Newman, “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson, “Redneck Yacht Club” by Craig Morgan, “Redneck” by Lamb of God, “Redneck Crazy” by Tyler Farr, and “Your Redneck Past” by Ben Folds Five.
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s 1993 comedy album You Might Be a Redneck If… cajoled listeners to evaluate their own behavior in the context of stereotypical redneck behavior. Redneck is mentioned several times on Texas-based animated sitcom King of the Hill by Hank Hill’s antagonistic neighbor Kahn.
Writers Edward Abbey and Dave Foreman also use “redneck” as a political call to mobilize poor rural white Southerners. “In Defense of the Redneck” was a popular essay by Ed Abbey. One popular early Earth First! bumper sticker was “Rednecks for Wilderness”. Murray Bookchin, an urban leftist and social ecologist, objected strongly to Earth First!’s use of the term as “at the very least, insensitive”
Many members of the Southern community have proudly embraced the term as a self-identifier and if I’m describing you – you may be a redneck~