A redneck is usually thought of as a white, working class US southerner. However, rednecks can now be found throughout all areas of the country. There is even some interest in the culture in countries overseas. It most likely started as a reference to the sun-burned necks of those who work in the fields all day. In some parts of the country, they are called hillbillies, hicks, bumpkins, or just plain country folks. Rednecks are traditional Americans, who work hard to support their families. They are always ready to help by volunteering as Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, firemen and anything else their community requires.
The recent popularity of acts like Jeff Foxworthy, the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and Gretchen Wilson have brought the culture to the forefront and from those sparks, there has grown a new interest in and popularity of the lifestyle. More and more people are finding that they can relate to the simple way of life. Many check it out in the pursuit of jokes and funny pictures and find there is more there than just a laugh.
Although the culture probably started in the south, you don't have to be from the south to be a redneck. It really is a state of mind. They have their own special point of view and are mostly laid back and care free. There is a great appreciation for outdoor activities like hunting, fishing and camping and, of course, NASCAR. They own trucks for more than playing in the mud, although that is usually a big attraction.
Rednecks will protect their home and family, thank God for what they do have even if it is not much, work hard for their money, and have fun doing it. They know how to treat the opposite sex and are typically attracted to partners who act the same way.
The term denotes someone with good common sense, and a talent for fixing and building things. Many tend to accumulate too much junk, much of it stored on the front lawn. But, much of that junk will been put to good use in building new things that, although not very pretty, are functional in the purpose they serve.
Most often they love God, their country and state, and are staunch supporters of the military. Most believe there is more to life than money, caring more about relationships and family. The pursuit of romance is defined by the requirement that their mate be down to earth, faithful and not afraid to get their hands dirty. Many are single parents and focus their attention mostly on their children.
A redneck is stereotypically imagined as consuming cheap American beer like Budweiser by the case. Typically these types of folks in the past have been simple minded, uneducated people which is why they are the subject of many jokes.
But, what used to be a derogatory term has now become a lifestyle that espouses the simpler things, wholesome values, and true enjoyment of life, family and friends. What started as a term to describe farmers, construction workers, oil drillers, and such who would work all day in the sun causing the backs of their necks to get sunburned, (red neck), has gone through somewhat of a transformation. True, the jokes still abound, but underneath the laughter is a culture of decent hard working folks who, like the rest of us, are just trying to carve out a living and find happiness in their journey through life.
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