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School Hosts ‘Redneck Day’ In Arizona

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A school organized “Redneck Day” has drawn criticism from several civil rights leaders in Arizona.

The Queen Creek High School encouraged students to dress up as rednecks this week in order to build school spirit before prom. But the event didn’t really have the effect that the school was hoping for.

Instead of building school spirit, redneck day drew complaints from several civil rights leaders in the area.

Maureen Costello, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s teaching tolerance program, said: “They’ve chosen an event that stereotypes an entire group of people … and under those circumstances, they should hardly be surprised that they also offend people.”

The school’s redneck day was also criticized for the NAACP after student’s brought confederate flags to the school.

The Rev. Oscar Tillman, president of the Maricopa County NAACP, said: “Our community knows what that flag represents. … A school is supposed to be for education and showing people where we come from, our history, and to try not to go back to some things.”

Tom Lindsey, superintendent of the Queen Creek Unified School District, said that the school’s Redneck Day was designed to spoof the popular show Duck Dynasty. Lindsey apologized for the event and said that the school didn’t mean to offend anyone.

Lindsey said: “We apologize to any people who, because of the word (redneck), were offended.”

Surprisingly, the high school’s Redneck Day wasn’t the only offensive celebration held this week. A Seattle elementary school was planning a “White Trash Wednesday” for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Chris King, a parent of one of Sunnycrest Elementary School’s students, said: “It was incredibly offensive … I’m mixed race. I’m half-black and half-white, and not only do I hate the term but the term doesn’t have a place in elementary school.”

The event was cancelled after parent’s complained.

What do you think about Redneck Day and White Trash Wednesday? Are these celebrations offensive?

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17 Responses to “School Hosts ‘Redneck Day’ In Arizona”

  1. Anonymous

    Hell no, I am proud to be one of those "White Trash Rednecks"!

  2. Joseph Poley

    No offense seen here. Many white trash are rednecks and vice versa, and are proud of their status. Larry the Cable guy and Jeff Foxworthy have done well celebrating the idiosycrasies of rednecks and having fun laughing at themselves while doing it. Too bad there's a group of people out there who are professionals at taking offense at everyting.

  3. Joseph Poley

    No offense seen here. Many white trash are rednecks and vice versa, and are proud of their status. Larry the Cable guy and Jeff Foxworthy have done well celebrating the idiosycrasies of rednecks and having fun laughing at themselves while doing it. Too bad there's a group of people out there who are professionals at taking offense at everything.

  4. Charlotte Cole Embry

    I live in the land of Rednecks and Rednecks are fun to be around! I don't see any harm in it. People are just too sensitive to almost everything. Can't dress up like this or that, don't want to offend people, etc. Loosen up everybody! No wonder people die of heart attacks!

  5. Jen Sumers-Donnelly

    WOW Really? Don't these people have more important things to do then complain about this. SMH

  6. Cyclonus W Bailey

    OMG…..Dear "civil rights leaders"…..get over yourselves.

  7. John Grim

    Yep you all need get over it if they don't like leave no one hear miss them love or leave it 111.

  8. Scott Paulsen

    Rednecks aren't offended by this ony up tight people with chips on their shoulders. Imitation is the greatest form of flattery.

  9. John Pocher

    You can have Black History Month but not Red Neck Day! Ok eliminate both!