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Top 10 Lone Star State Redneck Towns Summarized in Humorous Video

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Posted on Nick Johnson’s YouTube channel (as well as his website entitled “HomeSnacks”), a summary video on the top 10 redneck towns in Texas has been gaining popularity recently. Cover-captioned “Awesome Regional Infotainment,” Nick’s channel appears to provide entertaining information about things like “Worst Places to Live,” “Happiest Cities,” and “Kinkiest Cities” (psst…that last video was done for Texas as well), done with some research and slight humor to keep viewers informed, and tuning in. The video, “The 10 Most Redneck Cities in Texas Explained,” is done just so, complete with race, gun shop, and Walmart percentages, among others.

By measuring items claimed to be true passions of rednecks (i.e. guns, chew, and liquor), Nick compiled a list of the top 10 places where a Texas redneck would most likely be found. Although the standard stereotype for such nomenclature is the uneducated southern person who hunts, fishes, likes dive bars and lives in a trailer park, in truth, the term “redneck” originally characterized farmers in the late 19th and early 20th century – having a red neck as a result of a sunburn, after many hours working in the fields. In the early 1900’s, the term was being commonly used to describe political factions within the Democratic Party, which was comprised of poor, Southern, white farmers. And within the decade, they began to proudly self-identify with the label, to the point of wearing red neckerchiefs to political picnics and rallies. It was also occasionally used in reference to coal miners, who wore red bandannas to show work solidarity.

Over time however, the term expanded in its definition, picking up derogatory notes and sounding pejorative. It encompassed synonyms such as “cracker,” “white trash,” and “hillbilly,” and by the 1970s, had come to mean something offensive and backwards. However, into the late 1980s and early 1990s, “redneck” began to again become something of a banner of pride, under which the “common man” or woman were exalted for their hard work, lifestyles, and sometimes poor choices (i.e. Jeff Foxworthy: #ymbr). Ultimately, is it really a bad thing to be called a redneck? Based on this history, the deck appears to be stacked against that. And we all know it’s definitely not a bad thing to be called Texan! So, put the two together, and you’ve practically got a double-compliment!

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