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When the question "what consitutes a redneck?" is asked the variety of

answers is astonishing. People think of rednecks as drunkards, racist, trashy,

or even Monticello people. I have lived in Monticello for sixteen years and

even though most people are rednecks, not all. We chose Monticello to do

our research because it was exactlly the atmosphere we were looking for. In

order to be a redneck here, there are a few traits you must have, such as: a big

truck, love the rebel flag, and dress the right way. A big truck doesn't

necessarily mean a nice truck. Most guys around here drive old, ragged,

broke down trucks. The most common truck would be an older F-150's, a

Chevy Z-71, or a Toyota Tacoma. Most trucks will also have four wheel

drive, this comes in handy when you go muddin and get stuck. Many of the

newer nicer trucks have bigger tires, dual exhaust, a brush guard, and a lift

kit. In Monticello, you are identified by your truck. Everyone knows who

everybody else is by what they drive. Most rednecks are seen as racist and

prejudice against african americans. People think this because rednecks are

known for their love of the confederate flag. The confederate flag is a sign of

heritage in the south. It stands for what we are and where we come from.

On our survey of fiftty people 73 percent agreed that the confederate flag was

a sign of heritage and not hate. Another trait that constitutes being a redneck

would be the way that you dress. Rednecks can be identified by their tight

wrangler jeans, Dixie Outfitter shirts usually sporting a hutin, fishin, muddin

logo, boots and a cowboy hat. The majority of rednecks will drink, usually

Natural (nasty) light or Bud Light. They also smoke or dip, usually

Marlboro reds, or lights, and Copenhagen. Most people wonder what on

earth is there to do in such a small town such as Monticello? Well, there are

three main things: 1. Huntin' 2. Fishin' 3. Muddin'. Although the typical

weekend would include Huntin in the morning, fishin in the afternoon and

muddin at night we do manage to go to at least one movie every once in

awhile. Most of the guys have just recently taken to shootin pool, I am

terrible at the game therefore I sit and watch most of the time. Along about

early November through late February every male above the age of 12 can be

found in a deerstand at 5 a.m.. The idea of sitting on a wooden platform for

5 hours being completely still and quiet with it being about 30 degrees

outside just doesn't appeal to me, it seems dull, boring and completely

stupid. Most guys practice their aim by shooting skeet. Their next favorite

activity would be fishin. I love to fish and so does eveyone else obviously. i

have enjoyed several trips to the Wacissa River with my friends on an all day

fishing trip. Although it can get boring at times, there is usually an endless

supply of beer to keep everyone going. There have been many times that

people have caught huge fish, only to put them back in the water. My most

favorite thing to do would be to go muddin. The best time to go is when it's

been raining off and on for about a week. That way the mudd is so easy to

get in and have fun with.



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