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Are You a Redneck?

Posted July 10, 2007 9:18 a.m. EDT

East Dublin, Georgia, played host to the 12th annual Summer Redneck Games over the weekend.  The events included the mud pit belly flop, toilet-seat horseshoes, bobbing for pigs' feet and others. 

The entire event is a big joke on elitist media-types. The founder, Mac Davis, started the games after some in the press said a bunch of rednecks were hosting the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

"I figured, if that's what people expect, let's give it to them!" he writes on the games' Web site.

A nice lady called after my segment on the 8 a.m. show.  My fun with the Redneck Games story brought her up a little short.  She said East Dublin was a nice place with a lot of well-educated people.  I'd made an aside about the toilet-seat horseshoes being "classy."  She said the folks in East Dublin are, indeed, classy. 

The caller's comments this morning are indicative of a larger debate in the comments section on our WRAL.com story.   A lot of people are pointing out that not all Southerners are rednecks -- that these stories in the media further stereotypes about Southern culture.

If you're a Southerner, does the term "redneck" offend you?  Do you cringe when you see Southern stereotypes -- or do you think it's capturing a part of the South's reality? 

As a native North Carolinian, I've got some opinions about this.  Do you?

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