I question the appropriateness of having an entire article dedicated to this. I see very little educational value. Maybe if there was an article on racial slurs as a whole, although this constitutes more of a cultural defamation. I mean, in all honesty, this term is the southern, white, blue collar equivalent of a certain other slur that starts with an N and ends with a R. I see no reason to have it here. This is coming from someone who has lived in a small town in middle Georgia for almost his entire life. Just an observation. --NicholasT 09:23, 21 April 2009 (EDT)
- Southern kids need to know what's going on with this word. The treatment here is historical, sophisticated and relevant.RJJensen 09:45, 21 April 2009 (EDT)
This article should not be about the etymology of the word, but rather about the real and historical origins of the class of people that the word refers to. It's a myth that there are no longer any such people as rednecks, just as it's a myth that their behavior stems from the "peculiar institution" of US slavery. Thomas Sowell's scholarly credentials, combined with his politically correct skin color, are authority for correction of this myth.