THIS GROUP WANTS TO TAKE 'REDNECK' BACK FROM FASCISTS AND RACISTS
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‘Our basic message is: guns are fine, but racism is not.’
On the surface, the bearded, tattooed men of Redneck Revolt seem like typical good ol’ boys: They love guns, pickup trucks and keeping the government out of their damn business. But they’re pushing back hard against one major “redneck” stereotype: racism.
So, what is Redneck Revolt? It’s a group of (mostly) white, working-class people who are committed to combating the white supremacists who have become increasingly vocal recently. “Liberty is something that all people are entitled to,” the group says on its website. “Any class, race, or state construct that enslaves and oppresses anyone among us is a threat to the liberty of all of us.”
Redneck Revolt — which now boasts over 30 chapters around the country — focuses on what it calls “community defense.” In practice, this often means supporting groups like Black Lives Matter or just standing up to white nationalists in general — something the group has done in Pennsylvania, Kentucky and elsewhere. Most recently, Redneck Revolt members traveled to Charlottesville to provide food, water and security to the people who protested the white nationalist march on Saturday.
Two Redneck Revolt members were on the scene offering medical support to the victims of the now-notorious car-ramming attack.
Redneck Revolt got its start in 2009, but officially announced itself last year. It defines itself as a far-left, anarchist organization devoted to elevating impoverished workers by redefining the word “redneck.”
This is where the group’s hatred of racism comes from. Redneck Revolt’s website states that bigotry in white working-class communities in rural areas “has allowed the rich to continue to hold onto power.” Forcing poor white people to view themselves as inherently better than other minorities, the group believes, is a way for the rich to keep the lower classes divided.
The group wants to take the word “redneck” back to