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GUEST,Taliesn Redneck is an insulting word (140* d) RE: Redneck is an insulting word 09 Dec 02

Redneck is such an antiquated word now anyway. I remember when the "Northern" version of the original meaning word was "Hardhat"; namely working-class conservative Archie Bunker-type that was very vocal about whom they can't stand.

This is where the "Redneck" & 'Hardhat" sub-culture piss in the same pot as a very specific tribal mentality is expressed at this point and is even more insulting , in and of itself , to have to listen to.
Try listening to the epithets casually tossed around by either "type" on a construction job as I have and then have to deal with another trait of both that has been conviniently "left out" of this dialogue ; namely the palpable atmosphere of physical threat
to anyone who "don't fit in ". Basically the old and familiar goon-squad bullying. It's unfortunate when you also know guns and drugs often go with the territory and it only takes one with that mean streak to go off even without being alloyed with just plain folks alcohol.

So ,before one gets all bent outta shape over being so hyper-sensitive to feigning a sense of "insult" by ther mere mention of the word "redneck" ( a word I've forgotten to use until now ) think about the insults expressed in "redneck" culture that is just tolerated just 'cuz that's "our culture".
Are there rednecks with hearts of gold. Ofcourse there are, but to ignore the darker side of the redneck/hardhat culture as if it's all alright, well that's an insult to the knowledge of my experiencece.

Sauce fo' da goose be sauce fo' da gander.

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