Rural Americans and the Language Too Many People Use to Talk About Them

Mabie, Nora
Date Written:  2017-10-12
Publisher:  In These Times
Year Published:  2017
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX21567

With the rural-urban divide more pronounced now than it has been in generations, the author takes a closer look at the derogatory language too many people use, as well their meaning and contradictions.


Excerpt: When President Trump won the election, understandably frustrated opponents fell back on words like "hillbilly," "redneck" and "white trash" to describe his rural voter base. Yes, Trump won most of rural America's votes, but what do these words really mean, and why do people use them?

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