Most stereotypes are big general statements about a group of people. Some are offensive, some untrue, and some comical. When most people from outside the States think of a “redneck,” they picture someone driving a monster truck, giving their kids liquor, and doing daft things with fireworks. And the reason they think that and draw conclusions about them is the media and the existence of hard evidence that backs up such theories.
Crave Online drew up a map of the most redneck states in America based on the number of mobile homes per head of population and Walmarts per 1,000,000. It looks to us as though the highest-ranking redneck states are in the South, but as we shall see, the high numbers are scattered all over the Union.
To be fair, there's a redneck contingent in every country. In Great Britain, they’re called "chavs;" in France, "La Racaille;" and in Japan, "Yanki," oddly enough. Vagabonds, rascals, antisocial misfits, them all -- they aren’t just found in the US. And, in essence, they all have one thing in common: they perpetuate the stereotype themselves, with no help from anyone else.
Here, for your entertainment, are 15 pictures of pregnant redneck women that will either gross you out or make you thank your lucky stars you’re not a redneck. But if you are, sorry about that. Keep tossin’ them toilet seats!
Arkansas is a state in the southeast of the United States. It was originally home to the Quapaw Indians, a Native American tribe that traveled south from Illinois to settle on the delta of the Arkansas River. After the great depression, the state became financially buoyant thanks to a regeneration of the cotton plantations and a surge in engineering. The state is known as the home of the Walmart Corporation but also the state most populated by rednecks (Crave, 2016).
The Arkansas Delta is now used for growing rice and the annual redneck duck-calling championships at Stuttgart. Every year, a group of locals sets up marquees around the delta and begins to prepare a type of stew called "gumbo." While the women set to work on the sauce, the men take turns in duck-calling and then shooting the migrating ducks. The spoils of the hunt are then cooked up by ladies like Rat Fink here.
Wyoming is located in the western United States amid the Rocky Mountains and High Plains. It's predominantly rural and the “second-least densely populated state in the country” (Wikipedia, 2017). A study by Roadsnacks.net found that Wyoming has a good percentage of rednecks, including this lovely lady. It seems that wherever there's a rural community, there are rednecks, and the culture isn’t necessarily dominant in the southern states.
The same applies to Indiana. John Barlow Martin held strong beliefs that in 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy shouldn't have run in the Indiana Democratic presidential primary due to his opinion that it was "redneck conservative country." He told Kennedy that he felt Indiana was a state "suspicious of foreign entanglements, conservative in fiscal policy, and with a strong overlay of Southern segregationist sentiment." William Safire says it's often used to attack white Southern conservatives (John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog, 2015).
Kentucky used to be part of Virginia State, but in 1792, it became the 15th state to join the Union known as a commonwealth. Before 1776, Kentucky was a British colony, and it still exhibits strong influences of English common law. Kentucky is known for one of the largest redneck enterprises in America revolving around The Kentucky Derby. The fair takes place around Churchill Downs, and after the thoroughbred race-horsing is over, on the 12th day, crowds of rednecks sprint towards the wet mud of the downs.
Depending on where you come from, calling someone a “redneck” can be a derogatory term. But to many southerners, being a redneck is a life to be proud of. Those who think of themselves as rednecks often show off their simple, rural roots. They consider themselves blue-collar, hardworking, and loyal folks who enjoy the simpler things in life.
While Alabama is known as the redneck state, it comes fourth in the Crave list with 16.3 Mobile Homes Per 100 Housing Units and 16.67 Walmarts per 1 million residents. There are lots of songs about rednecks ('Redneck Yacht Club,' 'Redneck Woman,' 'A Country Boy Can Survive') and movies ('Roadhouse,' 'Joe Dirt,' 'Smokey and the Bandit'), and many of them came from Yellowhammer state. There’s also been a casting call for a new show coming soon called 'Redneck Housewives of Alabama.'
After the civil war and the abolition of slavery, the State of Alabama was home to many poor black and white farmers. While many blacks moved away to take up work with major industries, poor white folk remained rural. Up until the 1960s, white rural interests were heavily dominated in the state legislature, with African Americans markedly under-represented.
11 South Carolina
Named after the beheaded Charles I of England, South Carolina is another state in the southeast of the United States that has a reputation for being overpopulated by rednecks. Today, according to history.com, some of the more famous South Carolinians include “musicians James Brown, Chubby Checker, and Dizzy Gillespie, novelist Pat Conroy, boxer Joe Frazier, tennis champion Althea Gibson, politician Jesse Jackson, and long-serving U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond.”
The stereotype of a redneck characterized as non-liberal, banjo-playing gun-toters is often applied to South (and North) rural Carolinians. Here’s an image of a South Carolinian pregnant woman with a gun holstered adorably under her belly -- she’s proud of her status as a redneck, but some of her fellow citizens get very defensive on the subject. One of the overriding features of a trip to the state for “Catbirds” on city-data.com was: “Driving down the mountain on Globe Road and seeing flower beds made from old tires on top of trailers.”
There was a series of games called the 'Redneck Games,' which, between 1996 and 2012, was held in East Dublin, Georgia. The games originally came about after local Mac Davis – general manager of radio station WQZY-FM "Y96" – decided to promote the status of the rural white guy. However, it wasn’t as bad as it seemed. The games were created to help children's needs, and around 5,000 people visited the first Redneck Summer Games. Events included “Mud Pit Belly Flop, Bobbin' for Pig's Feet, Redneck Horseshoes, Hubcap Hurl, and the Armpit Serenade” (Wiki, 2017).
The Redneck Games were canceled in 2013 because of reduced attendance, and according to Jacksonville.com (2017), the site became the subject of an investigation into bacterial contamination. There is, however, talk of bringing the games back at a different location.
9 New Mexico
There's another theory about the origin of the term "redneck," and this comes from the Dictionary of American Regional English (2002). There’s a citation from 1893 that classifies rednecks as "poorer inhabitants of the rural districts... men who work in the field, as a matter of course, generally have their skin stained red and burnt by the sun, and especially is this true of the back of their necks.” However, for this theory to stand appraisal, we could reasonably apply the term to downtrodden farmers in northern states, such as Iowa, who tilled fields fruitlessly during the Great Depression.
Whatever the origin, these days, ladies like this wear the name "Redneck" with pride, reclaiming it as a label of the poor yet proud white person. In fact, poor white farmers of the 1910s were already describing themselves proudly as rednecks.
8 West Virginia
A proud redneck from West Virginia once said, “What's my life like? I work daylight to dark every day. I pay my own way. I don't ask the government for nothing. I don't want the government to know about anything I do. I don't ask for no welfare. I do my own thing. I work in a sawmill. I'm a professional board stacker” (Vice.com, 2017). Back in 2015, Yes! Magazine wrote about the grand opening of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum and featured a picture of four young women wearing red bandannas.
The article goes on to say that calling someone a redneck might be more of a compliment. “Here in southern West Virginia, the term 'redneck' means something more than a rural, working-class white person. It’s symbolic of the solidarity and defiance demonstrated by the thousands of coal miners and their families who fought in the West Virginia Mine Wars” (Catherine V. Moore, 2015).
A French explorer called "Robert Cavelier de La Salle" called the area he visited in 1682 "Louisiana" in honor of France's King Louis XIV. Because of its long association with France, there are still many references to the “mother tongue.” The state capital is Baton Rouge, and there are even some French dialects still spoken around the State. Louisiana is bordered by Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east, Texas to the west, and the Gulf of Mexico to the south.
Although Louisiana is the 9th state most-populated by rednecks, it still has a reputation in some parts for being a positive redneck heaven. The Bayou State, for instance, is one such place where you might find scenes of pregnant rednecks enjoying a smoke and a drink. According to the Crave study, Shreveport Rednecks enjoy “bounty of bars, Walmarts, and tobacco and bait shops."
Much of Oklahoma was Native American territory prior to the Civil War. After the conflict, the State was divided by the non-natives into Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory, leaving American Indians poorly represented. In the end, the two territories merged and entered the Union in 1907. The state flourished after the discovery of oil in 1850, and although the first oil well was dropped near old Cherokee Nation, it was in the early 20th century that the oil business really began to get underway.
The discovery of oil may have enriched the lives of those who owned the oil companies, but the rural population remained poor and tried to live off the land. Oklahoma is known for its redneck population with 10.7 Mobile Homes Per 100 Housing Units and 15.2 Walmarts Per 1,000,000 People (Crave, 2016). Parties in the state live off Coors, which is the strongest beer they have available, while "Molly Hatchet and Garth Brooks played over blown-out truck speakers," according to Hive Miner in 2016.
5 North Carolina
Again found in the southeast of the United States, North Carolina borders South Carolina and Georgia to the south, Tennessee to the west, Virginia to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. It's a rich state, with Charlotte the third-largest banking center in the United States, according to The Charlotte Observer in 2017. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, state legislature effectively segregated black communities from white and imposed sanctions on voting rights.
Parts of the State are still known for their non-liberal attitudes, and redneck parties like this one are common. Drew Morgan, the outspoken comedian, has a theory for this: “Take a formula for pretty much what everyone hates, and that’s what makes a great redneck party.” One visitor to the state said he saw an “SUV where the guy replaced the back window with plywood, and you could tell it was permanent because he bolted the handle and lock on it” (Crave, 2016).
The Appalachian Mountains dominate the state of Tennessee, and the area has a reputation (mostly thanks to media) of being a center of redneck civilization. But, in fact, there are rednecks everywhere. In the southeastern corner of the United States, such a reputation came about after late 19th Century writers such as Mary Noailles Murfree and John Fox Jr. traversed the nation looking for "local color," and some say overstated the extent to which poor mountain populations lived in isolation.
At a similar time, missionaries reported “pervasive ignorance and poverty, with large families living together in ramshackle cabins. The notion of widespread inbreeding was at least in part the result of crude assumptions about how these isolated forest people might have been perpetuating their communities” (Slate, 2008). Perhaps, because of these stories, one of the longest-running assumptions is that rednecks interbreed.
3 South Dakota
South Dakota in the Midwest has its fair share of rednecks. Primarily Native American, it was part of the cruel expansion of the white man territory westwards, resulting in the ethnic cleansing of many of the big Native American tribes such as the Lakota and Dakota Sioux. "Towering 6,200 feet, the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln are scaled to men who would stand 465 feet tall and can be found on Mount Rushmore. Creation of the “Shrine to Democracy” took 14 years and cost $1 million, though it's now deemed priceless," according to 50states.com, 2017.
The Lake of Ozarks is a stretch of water in the state that's frequented by redneck parties. The area is known as Party Cove, famously called the “oldest permanently floating bacchanal in the country” by the New York Times. What’s more, the oil country town of Watford City was named the most redneck town in North Dakota back in 2015.
Idaho, in the northwest of the United States, also hosts a population of rednecks. It borders the state of Montana to the east and northeast, Wyoming to the east, Nevada and Utah to the south, and Washington and Oregon to the west. The State has been settled by English, German, Irish, African, and, not to mention, Mormon settlers from Salt Lake City.
It's famous as a redneck center outside of the southern states, and this may have something to do with the number of Mormons also still present. The two are somewhat allied in their isolationist cultures. In the 1970s and '80s, though the state gained a reputation for being a chosen home for many liberal white people, Idaho has a balanced mix of population. Its clean air and better schools attracted many people from the West Coast, too.
Mississippi is the where this lovely lady hangs out, literally. Yes, Britney is from the redneck capital of the US. The government of the state had a reputation in the early part of the 20th Century for being white-dominated and backward. As a result of their not raising taxes, communities suffered from regular contagious epidemics. It was also the center of a lot of racial violence toward black Americans. It was from this background that the Union white man – often involved in riots over coal-production – was born.
By the 1970s, the term had evolved from the straightforward description of the color of scarves worn by miners to a derogatory term. "Rednecks" was now being used for predominantly poor white and rural people and for a “bigoted and conventional person, a loutish ultra-conservative” (Dictionary of American Slang, 1975). The redneck slang was then later taken on by other Americans when referring to someone “insufficiently liberal” (Safire's political dictionary, 2008).
Sources: craveonline.co.uk, news.com.au, yesmagazine.org, mykisscountry937.com
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