Good question, touse
Bound to spark a bit of controversy.My
definition (which isn't necessarily the universal one) comes from my
background & locality.
I'm from the Pacific Northwest.
A redneck here typically would mean a person(s) who:
- Is not particularly Liberal in their general opinions & outlook on life.
- Bias, pre-judiced & perhaps not exactly educated beyond local customs & conventions.
- Usually thought of as "beer-drinking" as opposed to say, a connoisseur of fine wines.
- Generally not considered a Tea-Totaler or one who abstains from using alcohol.
- Not cosmopolitan in outlook. General rural roots, so to speak.
- Often considered as a person who owns a four-wheel drive truck...
- Usually one that is older & dented.
- Usually one with a shotgun or rifle prominently displayed on a rack hanging in front of the rear window...
- Presumably to shoot deer with.
- In or out of season (meaning it is considered a God-given Right to pack a loaded weapon for the purpose of either feeding themselves/family/friends or defending that God-given right to do so.
- Often thought of as having bumper stickers on that old truck...
- Stating things of a political nature perhaps:
- "America: LOVE IT or LEAVE IT" was a fairly typical one.
- "GOD, GUNS & GRIT made this Country Great" might be another.
- Generally not considered wealthy economically, but that isn't really the main criteria for earning the title of REDNECK.
- Inflexibility with regards to others opinions might be a fairly consistent quality found in rednecks everywhere.
- Also, I've heard of very few Afro-Americans (if any) who are called rednecks.
- This is because many who have had the "title" also held races of man other than Caucasian in a position lower than theirs for some reason.
BTW, in the old days, Hippies & Rednecks usually held very different opinions about
the war in Vietnam. Before the war in Vietnam there were no rednecks.
No computers to complain about either.
Neither "Rednecks" or "Hippies" would have been considered the kind of people actually working at development of them.
They were called something else.
The "Establisment Type" was their "label".
So, IMHO, it's not really a term of endearment or affection to call someone a redneck.
Times change things somewhat, and anyone who lives any way and refuses to be anything other than what is their choice, (sort of a "redneck-quality"), can indeed be held in high-esteem by some.
So, the term can have several inflections upon it.
I still imagine a redneck might be sitting on a 1967 Ford F-150's tailgate,
a shotgun lyin' on his lap,
an old hat that doesn't protect his open collar tee-shirt from the burning rays of the Southern Sun much,
a can of Budweiser Beer held to his mouth in such a way that for a moment
he isn't tellin' most anyone who'd listen why "the other person" should or shouldn't act the way they do. By Gawd.