What’s a Honkie? A Redneck?

Where in the world did the word Honkie come from? Some say it stems from an African word for the pink colored skin of a Caucasian. Honkie was also used as a synonym for redneck, another popular term, especially during the 60’s and 70’s. I was told that the term redneck arose from the sunburns upon the back of the necks of farmers. Yes, sunburns are pink. Another explanation for Honkie, came about in America during the 1900’s. It described the act of a Caucasian young man, who when dating an African American young lady, would drive up to the house and instead of using manners and going to the door, would sit in his car and honk.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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