Black People Were Rednecks, And We Should Be Proud Of That Fact

In the labor wars between coal miners (including black coal miners) and the mine owners, the miners often wore red bandanas to signify their union membership or sentiment.  The unionists were referred to as “rednecks.”  So, at a point in time, black people were rednecks.  This was an example of blacks and whites uniting to oppose the 1%.  Salvation, IMHO, is in achieving that union again.  Those rednecks risked all to fight oppression from the mine owners and the government, which was largely controlled (as today) by the 1%.

…As mining increasing, immigration into West Virginia soared. Workers from Europe found jobs in the mines. So did many African-American workers. The United Mine Workers Union achieved some success in organizing mineworkers in the northern and western parts of the state. By the end of 1918, the union claimed a membership of 22,000 out of a mine work force of 100,000. This membership included both blacks and whites, and both immigrants and workers born in the United States…

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