Reverse bigotry?

An extract from The Redneck Manifesto:

“…why shouldn’t certain pale-skinned bipeds bristle when outsiders snipe at rednecks, hayseeds, bumpkins, crackers, hillbillies, pecker-woods, Bubbas, yokels, lintheads, shit-kickers and poor white trash.
Anyway you slice the liverwurst, it seems like b-i-g-otry. But the ‘neck-negaters, the trash compactors, the hill-bullies, excuse their fire-breathing with an inventive alibi -“WE can’t be b-i-g-o-ted – REDNECKS are the b-i-g-o-t-s.” It’s like, “He hit me FIRST, mom!”. They deflect attention from their own prejudices by hating the haters, all in the name of love.
Nice try. Still sounds like hate to me.
One of the chief denunciations about rednecks is an alleged bundle of pyschological “fears” that lead them to demean anyone different from them. But flip the pancake over: Isn’t this precisely why most people demean rednecks – for being DIFFERENT from them, as measured by most known indexes of social difference?”


  • joeCanuck

    I think “demean” is too strong a word Fair Deal.
    In my neck of the woods (rural ontario) there are some people who would be described as rednecks. The majority of people just plain dislike their intolerant attitudes to minorities in the area and pity them as much as dislike them.

  • Dualta

    Apparently the term Hillbillies comes from here, and is derived from the phrase Billy Boys from the hills, used to refer to Ulster Scots settlers in the Appalachian mountains in the US.

    More here:


  • Dualta

    Bugger that. Tried the hyperlink thing and it didn’t work obviously.

  • Pete Baker


    From that Wikipedia article you linked

    “This article or section does not cite its references or sources”

  • Rory

    I like it that the redneck anthem, “Proud to be an Okie from Miskoogie”, was written by hometown boy Merle Haggard, himself something of a hippy left radical along with friends Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Haggard was passing by Miskoogie late at night after a gig and, rolling a large joint and looking round the bus at all his laid back fellow musicians, wondered what his father would make of them all. “Okie” was the result of that musing.

    We should avoid the error however of thinking that all tobacco chewing, stetson wearing, c&w loving rednecks are racist, facist fodder and indeed novels like The Grapes of Wrath, movies like Salt of the Earth, Harlan County, USA (or any movie by John Sayles) and musicians like Woody Guthrie, Haggard, Nelson, Johnny Cash and others should at least alert us to the rashness of such a hasty supposition. And don’t forget Kinky Freidman and the Texas Jewboys, the original Red rednecks from the Lone Star state. I just love their seminal Drop Kick me, Jesus, through the Goalposts of Life and am happy to evangelise the message.

  • covenanter

    Redneck – etymology

    The National Covenant and The Solemn League and Covenant (a.k.a. Covenanters) signed documents stating that Scotland desired a Presbyterian Church Government, and rejected the Church of England as their official church (no Anglican congregation was ever accepted as the official church in Scotland). What the Covenanters rejected was episcopacy — rule by bishops — the preferred form of church government in England. Many of the Covenanters signed these documents using their own blood, and many in the movement began wearing red pieces of cloth around their neck to signify their position to the public. They were referred to as rednecks. Large numbers of these Scottish Presbyterians migrated from their lowland Scottish home to Ulster (the northern province of Ireland) during the 17th Century and soon settled in considerable numbers in North America across the 18th Century. Some emigrated directly from Scotland to the American colonies in the late 18th and early 19th-centuries as a result of the Lowland Clearances. This etymological theory holds that since many Scots-Irish Americans and Scottish Americans who settled in Appalachia and the South were Presbyterian, the term was bestowed upon them and their descendants.

  • Quaysider

    Total bóllocks. ‘Redneck’ is a US term derived directly from the literal red necks of people who worked outdoors for a living.

  • BeardyBoy

    There were also the Protestant Redneck faction from the South Down and North Louth area – pre-Orange Order.

    So Redneck was a terfm in usage here before its usage in America

    My source for this is the book “A history of Oriel” which I cannot trace and would be very grateful if anyone has a source.

  • Secur O’Crat

    The late SS colonel Joachim Piper, as wel as the late J Christ, both had some interesting words on this. In the same way as we should like our home grown Huns, we should also have sympathy for the SS soldiers who fought at the battle of the Bulge. As well as being valiant, uneducated race warriors, they were filled with hatred of their enemy because of the war crimes their enemies’ planes had visited upon their familes.

    This kind of SS thinking probably explains the way Unionists think and feel they have been victimised.

  • Yours, etc.

    Muskogee. As in “Okie From Muskogee”. A place where even squares can have a ball.

  • Yours, etc.

    Oh, and Haggard’s from Bakersfield, California.

  • snoother

    what a perfect excuse to get people to listen to some great music. ladies n’ gents; please cock an ear to the redneck manifesto, ireland’s finest purveyors of instrumental post-whatever guitar-mangling, on their murdochspace:

  • Red Branch

    This kind of SS thinking probably explains the way Unionists think and feel they have been victimised.

    I’m surprised it has taken so long for some MOPE to come up with this.

  • covenanter


    Nice of you to show your total ignorance!