Originally Posted by musicmax
How long would someone last around here dropping a similar epithet for homosexuals or African-Americans?
Don't be absurd. "Redneck" refers to one's lifestyle (and not in the same way as some refer to a "homosexual lifestyle") not their race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. You know, biological things which are innate, unchangeable characteristics.
Originally Posted by sugarbutch
I put "redneck" at about the same level of offensiveness as "brotha" or "homey," which is to say, not very. So, go with my blessings to refer to African-Americans as either of those here on the forum.
Agreed. The term may be offensive to some, but again, it doesn't hit at nearly the level of slurs related to one's biological characteristics. Socioeconomic discrimination in and of itself isn't racist/homophobic/xenophobic. It may be mean-spirited at times but I don't recall it qualifying anyone as a protected class (but IANAL).
Originally Posted by mafoofan
Umm, "redneck" doesn't just apply to white people. There are black and Asian hicks, too.
Who's the racist, now?
Well, technically speaking, I think black rednecks are probably pretty rare...