“Now she understood a few things: that the American academy, which one might have thought the place to defend freedom of speech, had been the seat and soul of abrogating freedom of speech, if the first assault on its freedom can be said to be restricting, or handcuffing speech. The day she heard “redneck” on NPR, she turned NPR off, not because broadcasters were still using the term, but because she knew one day they would not be. In fact, she had a vision of the quiet moment backstage at a Boston studio when a good, surprised correspondent was let go for saying “redneck” the last time it would be said.”
Whether it is yeehaws, red-necks, white trash...big hair and trailer trash,
that was all the vogue when President Clinton was in office, the intent is the same--to minimize and marginalize a group of people. Sometimes, an awareness of this happens, as seems to have happened with the use of Third World Countries...a signifier w/o a signified, a label that the Talking Heads were using w/o remorse until the more fashionable Developing Nations took its place.