You Read that Right: Rednecks for Black Lives
Furthering the vision of all groups showing up for racial justice.
Beth Howard has a unique approach to fighting for Black Lives – calling on her fellow community members in Appalachia to tackle racism. In this video from Now This, Howard talks about the systemic oppression of poor people and the impact all white people – especially “rednecks” – joining the Black community in fighting for Black Lives would have.
In her blog post on Medium, Howard furthers the dire need of her community to take part in the movement for Black lives:
“There is a lot of suffering in Appalachia and the rural South. Families struggle to keep food on the table and roofs over their heads. Most of the meaningful good paying jobs that defined the region are gone. Most people can’t afford their medication or to go to the doctor when they’re sick and too many people struggle with addiction and have no options for treatment.
We’re told to blame Black folks, immigrants, and people of color for our suffering, keeping us fighting each other instead of rich folks, corrupt politicians, and big business who are busy padding their wallets. Too many times we’ve believed these lies. But we don’t have to believe them anymore. We can make a different choice.
Poor and working class white folks showing up alongside Black folks and people of color demanding justice is actually exactly who we are. For decades the label “redneck” has been thrown at us to degrade us but it’s time we reclaim it. “
– Beth Howard, Medium
Be like Beth. Be like the Rednecks. Support the causes in the movement for Black Lives.