The Redneck Riviera is a colloquialism for a stretch of the Gulf Coast of the southern United States that is known for its resorts and widely considered to have some of best beaches found worldwide. For many years, the beaches were also deemed to have the whitest sand in the world but recent hurricanes in the 1990s and 2000s have necessitated the addition of beige-colored sand, something that has angered residents of the area.
The area of coast is roughly bounded by Mobile, Alabama on the west and Panama City, Florida on the east.
Some people find this term offensive. See "Redneck."
This area may or may not correspond to the Emerald Riviera, or the Emerald Coast.
Panama City Beach, Florida also claims this as a nickname.
Usage of the term "Redneck" generally differs from Hick and Hillbilly, because Rednecks reject or resist assimilation into the dominant culture, while Hicks and Hillbillies theoretically are isolated from the dominant culture.
The stereotypical redneck lives in a trailer or old weatherbeaten farm house in a rural area, and drives an old, large, beat-up pickup truck, possibly adorned with the Confederate flag, with a gun rack in the rear window.
Rednecks are often portrayed as lacking education or being ignorant.
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