Some people are so sensitive.
Or insensitive, as the case may be.
Down in Jacksonville, the spokeswoman for Duval County public schools has been moved out of her job and into the human resources office after one of her staffers said she called someone by an offensive name.
Yep, Jill Johnson called her husband a “redneck.”
Now, never mind the fact that the employee who complained had just been called out by Johnson over her own job performance, or that she wasn’t by any stretch of the imagination a redneck (she’s black). And never mind that Johnson called her husband a redneck as a term of endearment.
This employee said she was offended.
The woman who complained claimed this wasn’t payback for her disciplinary actions. It’s just that “redneck” is a term that once described folks who are intolerant of others.
Now, wait a minute. I’m a redneck – and I won’t tolerate that.
Rednecks are a lot of things. We started out as farmers, who literally had red necks because we were working outside all day. It came to mean country folk, good ol’ boys. Maybe we weren’t the most sophisticated people, or savvy to the ways of society.
Yes, some rednecks can be bigots. But some have manners real good – we don’t discriminate or nothing. We don’t think President Obama or Democrats in general are Socialists; they’re just politicians. Not all of us believe we need assault weapons to defend ourselves from the government. Mainly, we just want to get by, and have a good time. Burt Reynolds is our patron saint. “Smokey and the Bandit” is our “Casablanca.”
Those folks in Jacksonville should know about Burt, seeing as how he lives down there in Florida. They should also remember Lynyrd Skynyrd – a bunch of good ol’ boys from Jacksonville. By most definitions, those guys in Lynyrd Skynyrd were rednecks. And not only were they not intolerant, they were fairly liberal.
“Saturday Night Special” was an early call for gun control.
Seems to this redneck that the person who made the slur is the one who claimed “redneck” is a derogatory term. Well, her and the school district that played all politically correct and penalized a woman who talks plain – a common trait of the redneck
Here’s a not-so-big secret: rednecks don’t cotton to political correctness. And we don’t need anyone taking up for us while basically implying that any mention of us offends the sensibilities of sensitive people. Klansman and redneck are not synonymous. Yep, rednecks sometimes know multi-syllabic words. We may butcher the king’s English sometimes, but we know when we’re being insulted.
Of course, you have to wonder if Johnson qualifies as a redneck. Her response to these allegations was apologetic, reasoned and quite calm.
A real redneck would have told the Duval County school system to kiss her be-hind.
OK, now I can’t get this out of my head: