and white trash
. One in the same, right? Wrong
. While rednecks and white trash live in the same areas and are physically identical
, there are several key differences that separate the two bottom rungs of the Southern American social ladder
. One should never be mistaken for the other, for obvious reasons. Having spent my entire life in a small Tennessee
town, I'm offering my assessment of a few differences between these two radically different groups of people.
"My great-grandaddy was a Johnny Reb"
Rednecks often display Confederate flags on clothing, bumper stickers, and on flagpoles in their front yards. However, this doesn't mean they are active in the local chapter of the KKK or that they hate black people. Rednecks do not hate anyone. They display Confederate flags because they are firecely proud of their Southern heritage, which doesn't include cross burnings or lynch mobs.
White trash also display CSA flags, but solely for the purpose of instigating fights with blacks. They are also proud of their roots, but often refer to pre-Civil War slavery as "the good 'ol days". If they aren't in the Ku Klux Klan, it's because they don't know how to obtain membership.
"Ya'll go huntin' much?"
Rednecks are usually avid hunters, fishermen, and outdoorsmen in general. They enjoy the thrill of the hunt and proudly display hunting trophies, but have great respect for wildlife and never kill more than they can eat. That loaded shotgun you see in their truck? Besides being hunters, rednecks revel in the right to bear arms (as well they should) and realize the importance of self-defense.
White trash can often be found hunting and fishing as well, but usually on someone else's property (especially if "No Hunting" signs are present). They see nothing wrong with killing a deer for its antlers and throwing the corpse to the dogs, or shooting a few more turkeys than their tag limit allows. That loaded shotgun you see in their truck? That's in case they see any wetbacks or niggers.
"How much d'ya need?"
Rednecks will do everything they can to help those in need and like making their community a better place. Many rednecks are members of the local volunteer fire department or rescue squad. They are friendly, hospitable people and will give what they can to anyone in need. They know what it's like to be poor and will happily share what they have with anyone who asks.
White trash would just as soon spit in your eye as give something away or do anything that doesn't directly benefit them. They are rarely active in their community, other than keeping the local police department at bay.
"See if you can find one with a good fuel pump"
Rednecks may have a large number of junked cars on their property, but this is because they are resourceful, mechanically-inclined folks and will repair their own vehicles rather than pay someone else to do it. (In terms of convenience and cost, you can't beat walking behind a barn to get a needed part off an '87 Bronco.) Since a large number of junked cars can be an eyesore, rednecks are usually discreet enough to keep their personal salvage yard tucked behind a shed or barn, and the vehicles are almost always arranged in neat rows.
White trash may have a similar number of junked cars, but this is because they would rather buy a new car as opposed to fixing (or hauling away) an old one. Look for large numbers of cars in various stages of decay haphazardly parked along either side of the driveway. White trash will sometimes begin to work on a car, but suddenly lose interest and leave assorted parts and tools scattered around. Forever.
"Good sermon, Rev'ernd!"
are typically religious
people, and highly moral whether they go to church or not. You have no reason in the world to not trust a redneck; they absolutely will not
steal anything or harm anyone. In addition to being the ultimate good samaritans
, rednecks can be counted on to consistently act in an upright, Christian
White trash don't usually make a habit of attending church, and when they do it's to either: A) gain more "holier than thou" ammunition for a dispute of some sort, or B) obtain more "proof" that white Christians are Earth's master race. They also have a lot of difficulty accepting the fact that Jesus wasn't white.
If white trash
saw this, they would deny every word and threaten to kill whoever wrote it.
If any redneck read this, they would say, "Yep, that's about right."