While the term divides us now, its history dates back to a time when mineworkers battled big coal – similar to teachers standing up for funding

Recent waves of protests and strikes in West Virginia invoke the memory of a now notorious figure in American history: the redneck.

To call someone a “redneck” now divides us, when the term was created to unite us. And this distortion only benefits rednecks’ original enemies – corrupt politicians and big companies who don’t care about a multiracial alliance of hardworking Americans.

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