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If you are from the south are you offended if someone calls you a red neck?

Asked by Roby (2939points) December 17th, 2009

A lot of folks from the south are referred to as…red neck. Why?

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Dezimae's avatar

yes. not all southerners are rednecks. dont get me wrong there are a couple here and there but good lord, i am NOT a redneck. if anything i am a city girl who most would think would come from NYC

edit: i do however get more offended when people ask if i ride to work on a horse and live in a teepee. its Oklahoma 2009, not 1809. we have cars and houses and schools and libraries and sky rises and police stations just like everyone else in the world

john65pennington's avatar

I live in the south and i have never been called a redneck. there are people here that do qualify for this saying. i have known plenty and believe me, the saying fits. most are people that live in the country with very little education. they, apparently see the world in a different light than most of us. most are good people, they just do not get out very often.

Ghost_in_the_system's avatar

No, but anyone that would call me a redneck is obviously braindamaged.

CMaz's avatar

I am an Italian that lives in the south.

Neither that or ginny does much to me. But make me chuckle.

Does that make me a chuckle head also?

75movies's avatar

There are plenty of rednecks outside the south as well. I realize this doesn’t answer the question… just saying.

rangerr's avatar

I was always told that it started when WV GO MOUNTAINEERS! coal miners wore red bandannas to identify themselves as part of a protest I forget the reason for the protest..

But I always assumed it was from the sunburned necks of southern farmers.

I’m from the south not the deep south, but definitely the country and I haven’t been called a redneck but I have been called some other names. It doesn’t offend me. I’m proud of where I come from.

stratman37's avatar

The term redneck come from a farmer or anyone else that works out in the sun most of the day so that the back of their neck gets sunburned. It used to be a compliment, but now it’s a catch-all for anyone who is not educated enough to have a desk job and work indoors.

Cotton101's avatar

from the South, but no one has ever called that…well, at least, not to my face! Personally, love the South as cold weahter is not my thing!

phillis's avatar

As one of the last surviving native Atlantans, I feel well-qualified to answer this question.

I find it highly offensive, if only temporarily. It is erroneously applied by those who are uneducated about the the south. Contrary to popular belief, Georgians and other southerners do not fly rebel flags, do not have empty cans of Budweiser littering our yards, do not take great pleasure at AIMING at animals on the road, and do not yell with a great YeeHaw, that “the south’s gonna do it again!”

To be honest, that phrase confuses me. Do WHAT again?

I avoided “rednecks” throughout my dating years, which was a lengthy amount of time, since I did not marry my cousin when I was 14. My family tree BRANCHES, thank you very much.

The term redneck comes from farmers who till and toil the earth in order to feed their families. But it has taken a derrogatory tone over the years, and even “I” can see the clear cut difference between a redneck, and that most charming creature, the southern gentleman.

rangerr's avatar

@phillis The second paragraph is seriously one side of my family.

phillis's avatar

Oh, dear :(
Please tell me it isn’t that bad, @rangerr….....o.0

gemiwing's avatar

Anyone who would confuse me with a redneck is an idiot. or perhaps they have no idea what the word means

phillis's avatar

@Ghost_in_the_system, my condolences :(
I feel for you, I really do. I didn’t marry until I was 36 years old, so my dating life was very long. It wasn’t unlike rock-hopping, avoiding the men who seemed so proud of that lifestyle. I never understood why anyone would take such pride in knowing so little :(

Poopy's avatar

Only the south can be a “redneck” or insulted by being called one? Come on, I do not believe you are that gullible.

tdreichert's avatar

rednecks are in every state in the u.s.a.

phillis's avatar

@Poopy, in a single comment, you’ve potentially insulted @Dezimae, @john65pennington,,@Cotton101,@rangerr @Ghost_in_the_system, @gemiwing, and myself, not to mention everyone on this thread who immediately recognized the term “redneck” as primarily refering to southerners. Surely, you must have a stellar point to make, with such an oustanding statement? Since “you” could refer to all of us, I assume you must be addressing the whole crowd. Please do make your point…..with more derence to politeness, this time.

MissAnthrope's avatar

As has been mentioned already, there are rednecks in every state. I’m from California and there are plenty of them in the more rural farm areas of the state (interestingly, also where Wal-Marts first started popping up).

Not being from the south, I can’t comment on whether I find it offensive or not. However, I think I’d be one of the last people on Earth you’d call a redneck. :P

SirGoofy's avatar

I don’t give a crap what anyone labels me…they’re just words. Just ‘cause they say it doesn’t make it so. Sticks and stones….you know?

coffeenut's avatar

I live in Canada, people think I have a dog sled, and snow shoes, and my house is made of snow and ice.. ha ha ha

some people you shouldn’t take too seriously
and some just like being assholes

You know you’re a redneck when…

1. You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree.
2. You can entertain yourself for more than 15 minutes with a fly swatter.
3. Your boat has not left the driveway in 15 years.

4. You burn your yard rather than mow it.
5. You think “The Nutcracker” is something you do off the high dive.
6. The Salvation Army declines your furniture.
7. You offer to give someone the shirt off your back and they don’t want it.
8. You have the local taxidermist on speed dial.
9. You come back from the dump with more than you took.
10. You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.
11. Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.
12. Your grandmother has “ammo” on her Christmas list.
13. You keep flea and tick soap in the shower.
14. You’ve been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.
15. You go to the stock car races and don’t need a program.
16. You know how many bales of hay your car will hold.
17. You have a rag for a gas cap.
18. Your house doesn’t have curtains, but your truck does.
19. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.
20. You can spit without opening your mouth.
21. You consider your license plate personalized because your father made it.
22. Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.
23. You have a complete set of salad bowls—and they all say “Cool Whip” on the side.
24. The biggest city you’ve ever been to is Wal-Mart.
25. Your working TV sits on top of your non-working TV.
26. You’ve used your ironing board as a buffet table.
27. A tornado hits your neighborhood and does $100,000 worth of improvements.
28. You’ve used a toilet brush to scratch your back.
29. You missed your 5th grade graduation because you were on jury duty.
30. You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65.

-Jeff Foxworthy

phillis's avatar

Phucking BRILLIANT, @coffeenut! I love it!! So, do you deliver presents to all the good little girls and boys with your 8, REALLY tiny reindeer? HAHAHAHAHAH!!!!

coffeenut's avatar

No,I kept them all for myself ha

faye's avatar

Alberta is full of rednecks-nothing southern about it.

proXXi's avatar

NO, I am not offended. I know what I am, and I am no redneck.

I can’t with any credibility preach that other groups should get over their sensitivity to namecalling if I’m getting bent out of shape over it myself.

rangerr's avatar

@phillis I don’t think it’s bad. My family is happy that way. They don’t care what anyone has to say and they stand up for what they believe in. Like I said, I’m very proud of where I come from.

phillis's avatar

You have a nicely balanced view of it, @rangerr. A lot of people struggle with it. Kudos!

Cotton101's avatar

@phillis wow, love what you wrote about our Southern people (rednecks) who litter our yards with beer cans etc…


phillis's avatar

I should. I’ve seen it enough!! BAH-HAHAHAHA!!
But we aren’t ALL like that, which was the whole point, right?

Nullo's avatar

It’s essentially a racial slur, you know.

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