School's 'Redneck Day' Does Not Go Over Well
Many offended at the stereotype
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2013 3:41 PM CDT
Updated May 5, 2013 11:27 AM CDT
A Confederate battle flag emblazoned with the word "Redneck."   (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard)

(Newser) – Questionable idea of the week: The student council at an Arizona high school thought it would be awesome to organize a schoolwide "Redneck Day," in which students would dress up like, well, you get the idea. Needless to say, this did not play out well. The local schools chief says the event, which was approved by a faculty sponsor, was meant to satirize reality show Duck Dynasty, which focuses on duck hunters in Louisiana. But as a Southern Poverty Law Center director notes, students with Appalachian roots "maybe ... don’t feel so great about being called rednecks."

Plus, African Americans and civil rights leaders got upset when one student showed up wearing a Confederate flag, the Arizona Republic reports. Says a pastor and NAACP chapter VP, whose grandson is a student at the school, "When you’re in 11th grade, that can break you down and make you feel at the bottom rung of the whole society."

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May 6, 2013 9:32 PM CDT
People really need to get over themselves and stop finding ways to be offended. Anyway, it was a stupid idea to call it "Redneck Day". If they were dressing up because of Duck Dynasty, they should have called it Duck Dynasty Day.
May 6, 2013 10:02 AM CDT
The term 'redneck' has nothing to do with the Confederacy. The founding fathers government from 1776-1788 was the Confederacy. They were forced to switch to a constitutional government in 1788 from outside forces in Europe. When folks started wanting the founding father's government back in the 1840's it developed into civil or some say revolutionary war. Redneck has two origins: 1.) Coal miners showed their solidarity by wearing red bandanas and were called red necks. 2.) Poor southerners working fields bending over picking crops getting their neck sun-burned were also called red necks. So it isn't a race card; it is a slur on the white working man. Folks should have paid attention to Ron Paul when he said he would fix the problems of 1913 ----- did anyone know what he was talking about? I dare say; only a very few.
May 5, 2013 7:26 PM CDT
So, Red Neck "positive" organizations are kind of like VFW posts, or something, for confederate wannabes?