Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 09:52:42 -0600
From: Bonnie Briggs BBRIGGS[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ADMIN2.MEMPHIS.EDU
Subject: Re: redneck, nigger, good ole boy, kicker, etc.
At 11:27 PM 10/27/97 -0500, you wrote:
On Mon, 27 Oct 1997, David A. Johns wrote:
It seems to me that the issue is the same one surrounding the
inclusion of the Confederate battle flag in the state flags of
Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi, or the use of that flag or
Li'l Reb mascot for high schools throughout the South. In these
contexts, the non-rednecks or non-fans-of-the-Confederacy are a
I think this issue has become doubly confused (surprise!). If I
right, you equate "non-rednecks" with "non-fans-of-the
that your meaning?
And if you do that (please correct me if I am wrong), you probably
equate "rednecks" (whatever your definition is) with "fans-of-the
No, not at all. I was considering both that term and the CSA symbols
as badges that should be worn voluntarily.
I agree with Bethany, we have strayed into another land here. But this is
something that does effect me personally. My daughter's school wants to drop
the Rebel flag as it's symbol. The school's nickname is the Rebels. The vast
majority of the kids, and there are Asians and Blacks in this number, resent
this. They don't see the flag as a sign of racism, they see it as something
that represents someone who is a rebel. If any of the adults who were pushing
this would read up on their history, they would know that there were eleven
different flags used by the Confederacy during the war. The current one is
the one which was popularized. I daresay if we had t-shirts printed up with
one of the other, lesser known flags on it, no one would say a word.
The University of Memphis