What Is An Enlightened Redneck?
Posted on 01.27.09 by Danny Glover @ 8:46 pm

You may be asking yourself that question if you’re new to this blog, so this post is designed to give you the answers. You can find the same answers in the category titled “An Enlightened Redneck …“, but I thought it would helpful to new readers to pull all of those links into one post and feature it more prominently.

So here, then, are my answers to the burning question on all of your minds:

An enlightened redneck …

I’ll add more definitions as the inspiration comes to me.

Please also consider this an invitation to share with me your own ideas of what makes someone an enlightened redneck. Post your thoughts in the comments or e-mail your suggestions to danny-at-enlightenedredneck-dot-com.

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  1. Usually being enlightened is a positive thing, that isn’t the case here is it?

    Comment by scott — January 2, 2009 @ 5:17 pm

  2. You’re too funny, Scott — and obviously still unenlightened. But stick around a while and you’ll “get it.”

    Comment by Danny Glover — January 2, 2009 @ 6:55 pm

  3. This is harder than calculus. I don’t know what anyone from West Virginia could learn in DC that could be considered positive, unless of course you were from one of them big cities in West Virginia.

    Comment by scott — January 2, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  4. ewwww. Unless you actually think liberalized=enlightened.

    Comment by scott — January 2, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

  5. Scott: First of all, the “enlightened” part of the title for this blog is tongue-in-cheek.

    Second, this West Virginian’s enlightenment, such as it is, doesn’t necessarily come from anything positive I’ve learned in D.C., but I’ve certainly learned a few things about D.C. and the world over the years.

    And no, enlightened doesn’t mean liberalized. I’m not sure how you could reach that conclusion after reading this blog.

    Comment by Danny Glover — January 2, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

  6. Not a conclusion, just a question.

    Comment by scott — January 3, 2009 @ 9:13 am

  7. An enlightened redneck teaches his son to kill a buck, and his daughter to like the jerky her father makes with of it.

    An enlightened redneck teaches his children to be polite to their elders, as in, “Yes Maam, you ARE a stupid POS for even suggesting that America will be better off with a Democrat controlled White House, Senate and House of Representatives.”

    An enlightened redneck stays out until 4:30 Saturday night playing poker, but still is able to get up to run the church sound system by 7:30 on Sunday. [Ooops. Did I just admit to that? Never mind..]

    Comment by John Doe — January 11, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

  8. Doesn’t allow his children or their friends to park their pickup trucks in front of his house if they have Confederate Flags stuck all over them and then tries to teach them why it would be offensive to his black friends.

    Comment by Dave R — January 16, 2009 @ 9:08 am

  9. Danny: Thanks for creating this blog! One thing to add to this list: an enlightened redneck, while humble about it, knows with metaphysical certainty that redneck values will eventually save this Republic much the same way that Yankee values saved it in the 1860’s. You might consider adding Hugh Hewitt to your fine list of blogs. Take care, buddy!

    Comment by James Farrell — February 12, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  10. Or, you teach your kids’ black friends mutual respect for courage,honor and fidelity and the fact that their ancestors may have served in the same Army as yours.

    And that the Union was saved in the 1860s, not the right values.

    But, our values may save the world. I had a German guy come to my website becuase he was exploring that thesis that ulimately the leadership to stand up the Islamists and their Socialist lackeys will come from the South.

    Check out Deo Vindice and http://www.americancivilizaition.net

    Comment by James Atticus Bowden — February 15, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

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    Pingback by The Enlightened Redneck » Define Redneck, Please — April 20, 2009 @ 11:12 am

  12. Hi! I’m a native West Virginian, and I love your Enlightened Redneck blog. My husband & I are cultured rednecks, and we wrote a humourous, yet tasteful redneck-themed children’s picture book (I’m going to illustrate it). I’m researching publishing options currently. When its done, I’ll invite you to the book launch!

    Comment by Dawn Combs — September 30, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

  13. [...] I have a running list of my own thoughts in the entry “What Is An Enlightened Redneck?” [...]

    Pingback by The Enlightened Redneck » Rednecks Are The Backbone Of America — November 5, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

  14. They all sounded good (even the Latin at home, Greek in our case as well) until the teetotaler part. But what if we brew our own (which we do)?

    I’m thinking I’m not much of redneck anymore. Or at least not the enlightened kind.

    Comment by Joel — November 10, 2009 @ 12:25 am

  15. [...] a clue, Darth Vader. Foul-mouthed and inarticulate does not a redneck make, and certainly not an enlightened redneck. You’re thinking like Rod Dreher and confusing us with “white trash.” [...]

    Pingback by The Enlightened Redneck » James Earl Jones Is No Redneck — November 24, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

  16. Admit it, rednecks that won’t display the Confederate flag don’t do it because they are afraid the flag will offend their black neighbors, they don’t do it because they are afraid the flag will trigger violence from their black neighbors. And, if the neighborhood gets “too black” the enlightened redneck is going to move away from his neighborhood to seek a better life for his kids/old age. But if he had flown that Confederate flag, maybe the blacks wouldn’t have moved in and ruined the place.

    Comment by What's so enlightened about this? — April 10, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

  17. [...] if you eat Persian food, as I do occasionally, that makes you an enlightened redneck. Ironically, Meat In A Box isn’t far from my first home in the Washington, D.C., area. I may [...]

    Pingback by The Enlightened Redneck » How To Name A Redneck Restaurant — July 16, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

  18. [...] It’s clear from the title and lighthearted tone of of Hinds’ essay that she’s not as hostile as most people who make a sport of mocking rednecks these days. But she has an elitist streak that is blinding her to who we rednecks really are. [...]

    Pingback by The Enlightened Redneck » Living Elitist In Small-Town America — August 25, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

  19. [...] is the kind of blog enlightened rednecks can appreciate. I love this insight into the blog from the SOJ Insider story: Sullivan has many pet [...]

    Pingback by The Enlightened Redneck » Welcome To The D.C. Snoburbs! — September 24, 2011 @ 11:30 am

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