Is #Redneck a racial slur?
Is calling someone a ‘redneck’ a racial slur?
According to some of these guys it is.
Redneck is not a racial slur until someone who thinks it is, tries to use it like one. …and even then, it’s a stretch to consider the idea of a hard workin’ sun beaten beaten farmer from the South as a bad thing. There are many jobs that are degrading and reduces a persons pride, and being a farmer feeding his/her family and the people around them is not one of them.
By 1900, “rednecks” was in common use to designate the political factions inside the Democratic Party comprising poor white farmers in the South. The same group was also often called the “wool hat boys” (for they opposed the rich men, who wore expensive silk hats). -Wikipedia
At worst, calling someone a redneck, is calling someone ‘poor’. The truth is, if being poor nowadays is all that is wrong you are doing pretty good. So, no ‘redneck’ is not a racial slur. It’s a description of the times, and the plight that many of us are going through, especially in recent times.