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Old Jul 19th 2006, 8:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Cape Blue
My experience of the South hasn't been great - I've only heard racism twice when in the US and both times it was in the south and said in such a way as though it was an accepted norm and perfectly OK to express it.

One comment was in 2000 when the owner of the hotel had asked a couple of Brit friends what they thought of the election - they had said they vote Labour in the UK so it would be a vote for Gore, his response was "a vote for Gore is a vote for blacks and jews" said with a slightly maniacal squint.

The second time was a senior manager at work who was based in the south, he had been having a hands-free cell conversation with one of his staff whilst driving him and I to a meeting, once the call finished and he hung up he said "N*iggers" and gave me the "what can you do with them" kind of look.

I'm sure that there is plenty of racism across the rest of the US (and indeed UK) however most of the rest of the country at least knows that it is generally unacceptable to spout it and if they think it they keep it to themselves.
That's my problem with them too.
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Originally Posted by Sarah
As someone who lives in the northeast, I can assure you that people use the term 'redneck' all the time, along with hicks, hillbillies and trailer park trash. The south doesn't have a monopoly on rednecks, nor the usage of that term. This is America, there are rednecks the length and breadth of the nation.
You sound a bit paranoid when you say "We all know that you are referring to sountherners." Who's we? Is there more than one of you?
Yes, I am PMS-ing hard and have multiple personalities during this time......
that's probably why we are still partaking of this thread......
I am aware that this is not a term unique to the South and I have spent plenty of time in many other states, but I would bet that if you put a group of people in a room and played word association on the subject they would put the term redneck next to the southern states. It is apparently so well loved that it has crossed many borders.........
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Yes, I am PMS-ing hard and have multiple personalities during this time......
that's probably why we are still partaking of this thread......
I am aware that this is not a term unique to the South and I have spent plenty of time in many other states, but I would bet that if you put a group of people in a room and played word association on the subject they would put the term redneck next to the southern states. It is apparently so well loved that it has crossed many borders.........
We would call them chavs but rednecks would laugh at the cars chavs drive
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Is Ray Charles 'Georgia' still the State song? That's kind of cool
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Old Jul 19th 2006, 8:32 pm
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We would call them chavs but rednecks would laugh at the cars chavs drive
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Yes, I am PMS-ing hard and have multiple personalities during this time......
that's probably why we are still partaking of this thread......
I am aware that this is not a term unique to the South and I have spent plenty of time in many other states, but I would bet that if you put a group of people in a room and played word association on the subject they would put the term redneck next to the southern states. It is apparently so well loved that it has crossed many borders.........
Okay one of my personalities won't let it rest.......... I have to disagree with myself.......

Myself in the third person looked up redneck in many dictionary's and the general consensus is
Redneck: "a poor white person in the southern united states"
Used as a disparaging term for a member of the white rural laboring class especially in the southern states"
Originated in the south, country people that worked hard all day in the fields hence the redneck.

okay people I am putting it to bed now...........
somehow I ended with a 4 page bitch fest all by myself
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They are all Gods children, says the Reverend MighBe .....
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They are all Gods children, says the Reverend MighBe .....
Can you do a thread in here about how to survive the USA forum like the one you did in the lounge, there seems to be a lot of newbies in here at the mo.
Some need an education from the Reverend
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I dunno...have a southern sister-in-law, and lived in Texas for a while, and I really just can't handle the whole politeness thing or the s-l-o-w pace of life...and don't get me started on all the religious stuff either

Think my wife summed it up really well once - think we were in NC - that it just felt like we were trapped in Steel Magnolias - yuk, have to say for me rude, crude NYC and reserved but fast paced New England works better.
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not really sure yet we are going out on an e2 ( hopefully ) and the business broker said we would get more for our money there, we were going to try to move to florida but it seems to be a lot more expensive.
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Originally Posted by Sarah
As someone who lives in the northeast, I can assure you that people use the term 'redneck' all the time, along with hicks, hillbillies and trailer park trash. The south doesn't have a monopoly on rednecks, nor the usage of that term. This is America, there are rednecks the length and breadth of the nation.
You sound a bit paranoid when you say "We all know that you are referring to sountherners." Who's we? Is there more than one of you?
Yes, we use Hick and Trailer Trash or White Trash as our particular terms of endearment over here in the NorthEast. I just assume that Redneck is the same name called by something else just pertaining to the South. There's stupid people everywhere and in England you get the same people and now they're called Chavs. I left England before the term Chavs came into being and I didn't really know what it meant until I read about it on here! Come to think of it, I don't really know what I called those kind of people when I was younger....maybe thick bastards or something, I dunno. All I know is they tended to have a #2 haircut, have a gold stud in their ear, wear an England football shirt and drive a white van. Oh....and their young son tended to look exactly the same! LOL. I remember the term Essex Girl from when I was younger, and they were supposed to wear white stilettos with a matching handbag! They were also all called Elaine and have boyfriends called Dave who drove a Ford Escort. Huuuuuge generalisations but it makes me laugh to think of it.

Anyway, back to the original question. I've only ever been to Savannah and I have to say I didn't really like it at all. I thought it was dirty and full of dodgy people. Most of the city looked like a dump to me and was quite run down in my opinion. Never went to Atlanta though.
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Originally Posted by Leslie66
He's in Alabama. Cindy is our resident Georgian redneck.

Well, you are both right- kind of. I live in AL and work in GA- 16 miles from my house. The AL/GA border (the Chattahoochee river) is only 2 miles from work.

As to my expierence her-I do not see the racisim I expected to see when I came to the south, though it does exist in some corners or some people. Quite the opposite, I see old white men holding the door for, or chatting with black women/men, whites and blacks co-mingle at partys or gatherings (though it seems that the churches are still very segregated as I drive by them as sunday mass lets out). Hell, here it's probably 55-45% whites/blacks so you almost HAVE to get along.

If you can put up with 95+ degrees every day with 95% humidity and not a wiff of a breeze for 4 months a year- in exchange for snow free 50-70 degree December-Feb days, it is the place for you. Springs are wonderful with all the azaleas,wisteria, honeysuckle, jasmine etc blooming all over.

The majority of the people are very nice- red necks are around, but they don't rule. My biggest complaint are the drivers... in AL at least they are the worst I have ever seen.
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Originally Posted by anotherlimey
That's my problem with them too.
How many southerners can you ever actually see in Miami- I thought between the Cubans and Peruvians, the Blacks and Caribbeans, the snow birds and the retired NY Jews there were no crackers left down there?
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Originally Posted by ironporer
How many southerners can you ever actually see in Miami- I thought between the Cubans and Peruvians, the Blacks and Caribbeans, the snow birds and the retired NY Jews there were no crackers left down there?
They all moved north to GA!

I have the unfortunate experience of travelling to Atlanta.... too often.
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not sure yet trying to find out the best place to be, might end up somewhere else
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