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Redneck Revolt: Anti-Racist, Pro-Gun & Pro-Labor

Redneck Revolt
Written by JoAnn Chateau

The country is astir with rising political resistance. Among the surge is redneck, anti-fascist, anti-racist, pro-gun, pro-labor group Redneck Revolt. Reviving Southern-style opposition to ‘The Man‘ (think Johnny Cash), here’s their philosophy statement:

“To us, redneck is a term that signifies a pride in our class as well as a pride in resistance to bosses, politicians, and all those that protect domination and tyranny.” ~ Redneck Revolt

I have unwavering appreciation for Redneck Revolt’s commitment to diversity and to defending the poor and powerless, while the pro-gun component makes me nervous. However, Redneck Revolt member Max Neely sees the group serving “as a viable alternative for people who might otherwise join the growing right-wing militia movement.” Well… I certainly don’t want gun-toting folks to do that.

“…Wooly liberals, they’re not. Redneck Revolt is a nationwide organization of armed political activists from rural, working-class backgrounds who strive to reclaim the term “redneck” and promote active anti-racism. It is not an exclusively white group, though it does take a special interest in the particular travails of the white poor. The organization’s principles are distinctly left-wing: against white supremacy, against capitalism and the nation-state, in support of the marginalized…

Redneck Revolt began in 2009 as an offshoot of the John Brown Gun Club, a firearms training project originally based in Kansas. Dave Strano, one of Redneck Revolt’s founding members, had seized upon what he saw as a contradiction in the Tea Party movement, then in its infancy. Many Tea Party activists were fellow working-class people who had endured significant hardships as a result of the 2008 economic crisis which, in his eyes, had been caused by the very wealthy. And yet, Tea Partiers were now flocking in great numbers to rallies funded by the 1%.

By supporting economically conservative politicians, Strano thought, they would only be further manipulated to benefit the already rich…

‘The history of the white working class has been a history of being an exploited people,’ he wrote. ‘However, we’ve been an exploited people that further exploits other exploited people. While we’ve been living in tenements and slums for centuries, we’ve also been used by the rich to attack our neighbors, coworkers, and friends of different colors, religions and nationalities.’…” ~ Cecilia Saixue Watt 

READ MORE: Redneck Revolt: the Armed Leftwing Group That Wants to Stamp out Fascism | The Guardian

What’s your take on Redneck Revolt?

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About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • “While we’ve been living in tenements and slums for centuries, we’ve also been used by the rich to attack our neighbors, coworkers, and friends of different colors, religions and nationalities.”
    ~ It’s heartening to learn that white working people are awakening to the ruling elite’s divide-and-rule strategy to maintain dominance.

    Americans are a diverse people. Since we won’t ever agree on all issues, we have to hold onto the values we share.

  • I like what this group stands for – and the key component for me is their determination not to be manipulated further by the wealthy 1% that controls the government. Like you, JoAnn, I’m concerned about their support of the gun issue. My hope is that there will be a revolt at the polls, not in the streets.

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