The Redneck Manifesto: How Hillbillies, Hicks, and White Trash Became America's Scapegoats Paperback – 5 May 1998
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Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
A furious, profane, smart and hilariously smart-aleck defense of working-class
A funny, engagingly written polemic....Goad should be congratulated and thanked
for cutting through the numerous taboos that prevent an honest discussion of race in
Ethan G. Machado
Dares to rewrite American history, take on government greed and lambaste white liberals....Goad's eight-cylinder prose intentionally rattles the reader, driving home a message that challenges the conventional wisdom of many a Honda Accord owner.
In another life, this book was a U-Haul packed to the gills with manure and TNT, left idling near a major government building, or a Smokecraft beef jerky-sponsored monster truck revved and ready to roll over the stuccoed suburban palace where Jeff Foxworthy sleeps.
"Crib Magazine" In another life, this book was a U-Haul packed to the gills with manure and TNT, left idling near a major government building, or a Smokecraft beef jerky-sponsored monster truck revved and ready to roll over the stuccoed suburban palace where Jeff Foxworthy sleeps.
Rod Dreher Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel A furious, profane, smart and hilariously smart-aleck defense of working-class white culture.
Ethan G. Machado Our Town Dares to rewrite American history, take on government greed and lambaste white liberals....Goad's eight-cylinder prose intentionally rattles the reader, driving home a message that challenges the conventional wisdom of many a Honda Accord owner.
"PDXS" A funny, engagingly written polemic....Goad should be congratulated and thanked for cutting through the numerous taboos that prevent an honest discussion of race in this country.
About the Author
Jim Goad himself a proud member of The White Trash Nation, was the creator and chief writer for ANSWER Me, a controversial "zine" that he used to publish in Los Angeles. He does not presently live in a trailer park but is thinking about it. The Redneck Manifesto is his first book.
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There is a lot of shock value. I, like many people, am conditioned to despise racial slurs. Yet racial slurs against one group are tolerated, on the assumption that all white males are somehow in league to keep everyone else squashed. Goad's use of racially offensive terms serves his purpose: to make clear to people that 'redneck' and 'cracker' are as offensive as 'nigger' or 'greaser'.
Hopefully people will gather not only the above from Goad's book, but furthermore the notion that strife between poor 'people of colour' and poor whites is to the detriment of both and to the benefit of corporate interests that do not wish to be challenged. You want to imagine a scenario that would scare the CEOs of the USA into brown underwear mode? Imagine if poor and disadvantaged people of all colours stopped throwing bricks at one another and identified their real enemies. As Orwell said, 'if there is hope, it lies in the proles.' _Redneck Manifesto_ makes a very good case for an end to racism--against anyone--so that the wasted energy can be focused on the general good.
Most white Americans (of anglo/Irish/scottish descent) have no idea that the majority of their forebears came here as transportees, also known as convicts. After all, why would Britain transport convicts to Austrailia when the Americas were so darned close?
This book is a good read for anyone that needs a historical reality check.
Now there is a big difference between clicking the heels and getting all steamy about white working class angst. It does not naturally flow into lebensraum and mass columns. More than anything it flows into motorcycles, heavy metal, country and western, glitter, crank, hot rods, tattoos, wife-beating and alcoholism. However Jim is not jumping on the bandwagon to castigate the feckless, but highlighting if your nose was pushed into the mire on a continual basis by the middle class effectuates, would you not need a little something to shore you up?
So whatever the white working class do, they are seen as low rent, even lower than the black neighbours who were given an honorary badge of noble savage as they contributed so much to the middle class habitus ; jazz, blues, rnb and African masks ripped off by Picasso etc. White working class by this yardstick have produced nothing of note (custom cars, bobbers, rockers etc) all do not count. Worst of all the white working class are racist and sexist, which means they have no manners or etiquette. Except go to any blue collar pub in London and see the only places where there is mixing. So Jim has thrown down the gauntlet and dug up the historical corpses to show the USA was built on white slavery with all those British kids transported to the US as slaves, tagged as convicts to fill the land quotas.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Look, if you are easily offended, I mean extreme left-wing easy to offend, steer clear of this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jennifer Hobson
Jim Goad is some kind of linguistic genius - judging by his website - which many will find offensive. Read morePublished on 20 July 2010 by KWG
This is an excellent read, very informative and amusing. Every British person should read it because Britain will be like this in 5 yearsPublished on 21 Aug. 2009 by A. Robertson
Jim Goad takes you through American history in defence of the white working class ,he really knows his stuff and exposes alot of hippocracy. Read morePublished on 28 July 2008 by Sawney Beane
Under the vitriole and inflamatory rhetoric, the author gets his point across: that it is "politically correct" to disparage the people collectively known as "white... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 1999
Goad kicks, stomps, beats, smothers, slashes, hacks and bludgeons middle class America's pre-conceived notions about the white working class. Read morePublished on 18 Jun. 1999
Goad brings out a number of good points about the real basis of American history--class and money. His idea that race is the wedge issue used to divide and conquer the poor is... Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 1999
Not long ago, I realized that although I live in a Northeastern metropolis, my late grandmother would be considered white trash because A. she was poor, B. Read morePublished on 29 May 1999
This book isn't PC AND it's fair. Jim Goad has seriously done his homework and I very much recommend this to the intellectual reader. Read morePublished on 5 Feb. 1999