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We are proud to be 'rednecks'. It's time to reclaim that term
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While the term divides us now, its history dates back to a time when mineworkers battled big coal – similar to teachers standing up for funding

Recent waves of protests and strikes in West Virginia invoke the memory of a now notorious figure in American history: the redneck.

To call someone a “redneck” now divides us, when the term was created to unite us. And this distortion only benefits rednecks’ original enemies – corrupt politicians and big companies who don’t care about a multiracial alliance of hardworking Americans.

In West Virginia, the term “redneck” dates back to the early 1900s, a time when mineworkers faced the constant threat of death – from explosions, cave-ins and poor working conditions. A West Virginian enlisted in the armed forces during the first world war was less likely to die than one working in a coalmine.

In 1921, black, white and immigrant mineworkers took up arms to battle the coal companies that controlled and exploited every aspect of their lives. United, they wore red bandannas to identify each other in battle. They called themselves the “Redneck Army”.

The West Virginia mine wars were the bloodiest labor conflict in American history. Culminating in the Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921, more than 10,000 miners marched from the Kanawha valley toward Mingo to join other striking miners in protest. In their way stood the Logan county sheriff, Don Chafin, who was in the pocket of big coal – a $32,000 payoff each year, roughly $400,000 in today’s dollars.

Chafin commanded a private army of more than 2,000 mercenaries and multiple airplanes equipped to drop bombs on workers. Siding with Chafin and the coal bosses, President Warren G Harding sent federal troops too, armed with gas and more planes (the fourth time that troops had been called in to squash organized miners in the mountain state).

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018...ts-strikes
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Big Grin 
I'm a redneck hillbilly. I eat fur, feathers, and fins.
Don't reduce my burden. Just give me bigger shoulders. I can take it
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I'm not only a redneck. I was raised a redneck hillbilly. Chuckle
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(04-15-2018, 01:18 PM)Sassy Fringette Wrote: I'm not only a redneck. I was raised a redneck hillbilly.  Chuckle

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Don't reduce my burden. Just give me bigger shoulders. I can take it
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i dont have any redneck pals...but im sure some of you we can get along real swell.. fringe hillbillies that is
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Everybody makes fun of a hillbilly/redneck until they need something fixed .
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" I have no rules to tie me down "

Leonard Snart

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(04-15-2018, 01:17 PM)Dark Moon Wrote: I'm a redneck hillbilly. I eat fur, feathers, and fins.

Same here, if it walk, crawls, flies it dies.
Oh and swims too. Chuckle
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(04-15-2018, 01:24 PM)Fallingdown Wrote: Everybody makes fun of a hillbilly/redneck until they need something fixed .

Yep! Chuckle
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(04-15-2018, 01:30 PM)ChillBro Wrote:
(04-15-2018, 01:24 PM)Fallingdown Wrote: Everybody makes fun of a hillbilly/redneck until they need something fixed .

Yep! Chuckle

chillbro! hows it going
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(04-15-2018, 01:24 PM)Fallingdown Wrote: Everybody makes fun of a hillbilly/redneck until they need something fixed .

Lmao ain't that the troof..
In times of universal Idiocy... Critical thought becomes a revolutionary act! CUI BONO?
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