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Sensitivity Training - Should we call WVU fans Red Necks?


Fans tend to stereotype and hurl various slurs at one another; it may be wrong but it's just part of CFB.

The gumps are gumps, the barners are barners, Rebels are retarded and we are corndogs, it is what it is.

But is it fair to call our friends from West Virginia red necks?

Well, YES, historically speaking it is.

In 1920, shortly after what is known as 'the Matewan Massacre' – a shoot out between hired 'detectives' of the Stone Mountain Coal Company and local Miners that left 11 people laying dead in the street (including Sid Hatfield of Hatfield v McCoy fame) of a major mining town in Mingo County, West Virginia – previously un-unionized minors joined the union under severe pressure and threat from the mining company and an actual battle (the Battle of Blair Mountain)eventually involving US troops ensued.

To differentiate themselves from the Baldwin 'detectives' (hired guns) in the mountains all of the coal miners started wearing red handkerchiefs around their necks.  They became known as the red necks!

So don't call our friends from WV inbred, deliverance, or hill-billies, red neck will suffice.

They will not need to wear their neckerchiefs on Saturday Night for it will be easy to discern them from Tiger fans.  They will be the ones with the wide-eyed look of disbelief on their face as we beat the living coal out of them.

Tigers 40
Red Necks 13

Geaux Tigers!!

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