posted on Jun, 24 2013 @ 01:54 PM
reply to post by luciddream
Does the word Redneck and Ni**er(assuming i still cant say it) carry the same weight?
The N-word comes from a bastrardization of the word "Negro" which is a shortened form of the technical word "Negroid." It came into use because of
the "lazy tongue" common in the South. At it's conception, it simply meant "black person," but because slavery was so common, it also carried the
slavery connotation... so did "Negro" or "black" at that time. After the Civil War, when a fight which was over representation and
regionally-specific regulations (of which slavery was only one) was propagandized to be about slavery in the North, and after the war crimes committed
against the civilian population of the South, and when Northern businessmen (carpetbaggers) were actively seeking to use the very laws the war was
fought over to effectively steal property form Southern landowners, it became a serious slur. The carpetbaggers came down here, did their thieving,
and left; the blacks were left as a reminder of the war.
(Incidentally, this is the same time the KKK became known for racial hatred... before this time, they were a Christian organization that defended
women and children... vigilantes, but most would have called them good vigilantes at the time. The cross burning was a symbol to someone to stop doing
what they were doing... beating their wives, refusing to support their family, etc.)
Over time, it regained it's original meaning and lost the slur aspect.
"Redneck" was a slur given to the remaining Southerners who were desperately trying to keep their land from being taken by the carpetbaggers. These
rednecks usually spent all day stooped over in the fields trying to make enough to just pay taxes, and since there is a lot of Indian heritage here,
the backs of their necks turned bright red.
(Other areas had the same word develop in different ways; this is how it originated here.)
Both terms were developed at the same time and both had racial slurs attached to them. There was no difference other than the group to which they were
attached. One I can say without worry, even use as my username. The other I am afraid to post even in the technical discussion of how it
So the short answer is "yes." Why does what other people think about the terms have anything to do with their history?