Date: Sun, 26 Oct 1997 22:48:28 -0500 From: "David A. Johns" Subject: Re: ADS-L Digest - 25 Oct 1997 to 26 Oct 1997 At 10:06 AM 10/27/97 -0500, MMcDaniel wrote: > I think the term "redneck" does not mean what it used to. The term is > somewhat self-deprecatingly applied, and has become more the opposite > of "city slicker." There may be no racial overtones. Here in Southeast Georgia working class whites (but not middle class and up) have taken "redneck" as their term of choice, so that particular group would enjoy having it as a school-sanctioned term. But more educated whites would be offended by it, since to them it has simply replaced "white trash" as a negative label for uneducated country folk. And certainly no one would ever call a black person a redneck; it's totally exclusionary in that dimension. -- David Johns Waycross College Waycross, GA 31501