According to Wikipedia: Hillbilly is a term (often derogatory) for people who dwell in rural, mountainous areas primarily in Appalachia but also parts of the Ozarks in the United States. Due to its strongly stereotypical connotations, the term can be offensive to those Americans of Appalachian heritage.
I personally don’t find it offensive to be called hillbilly, ’cause that’s what I am, and I’m proud of it. I’m proud of my history and heritage and I’m proud to raise my child in the hillbilly fashion. I can joke with the best of ’em about hillbillies and come out smellin’ like a rose.
Lot’s of people also associate the Rebel Flag with hillbillies. That would be an accurate association. Although some people find the Rebel Flag offensive in and of itself, some southern people too, I’m proud of the flag. To me it represents freedom and it’s a reminder of a terrible time in American History. A post on the Rebel Flag is forth comin’.
For those of us that are proud to be called Hillbilly and for those that are hillbillies but don’t think of themselves that way, we have strong traditions that go back centuries. Those traditions are ingrained in us, almost hereditary. We’re taught strong morals from birth, we’re raised in ’em, for us they are part of everyday life.
Sadly, as time goes on, some of the traditions are bein’ lost as newer generations are becomin’ more dependent on technology and the outside world is slowly creepin’ into our secluded world. The children of today are not bein’ taught the old ways and history is bein’ lost or left by the wayside.
For me however, bein’ a hillbilly means bein’ respectful but holdin’ strong to my convictions, my beliefs and my way of life. It means raisin’ my children in the traditional ways, teachin’ them respect for others but to hold their ground for what they believe in.
We like to share what we have and help those that don’t. For instance, you can’t walk into my house without bein’ offered somethin’ to eat, usually several times in one sittin’. That’s just the way we are, for us food is like a city slicker askin’ if ya want a drink.
One thing however is a bit stereotypical and that’s the image of hillbillies and moonshine. Don’t get me wrong, moonshinin’ was and remains in a small way, a way of life for some. It was their bread and butter, it’s what put food on the table and clothes on the young’uns backs and shoes on their feet. (The shoes were mainly used in the winter time) However, moonshine is like any other alcoholic beverage and lets not forget that most of the moonshine made was sent to the big cities durin’ prohibition, so there was a lot of hillbilly all over the place.
So when you think of a hillbilly, imagine a hard workin’ person that has strong beliefs and a way of life different than any other in these good ‘ole United States, or the world for that matter. We come from all different backgrounds and ways of life, but the one thing that holds us all together is the hillbilly way of life.
Thanks for readin’.