A person does not have to be a Southerner to be a Redneck. A Redneck is typically classified as a hardworking man or woman, who has made a living either farming, doing landscape work, or other jobs that require the person to be outside throughout the extremes in weather. This is the normal cause for the tell tale "red neck".
It has been found that many Northerners look down upon the redneck, even though the great majority of manual labor is done by the redneck. You certainly would not see a business man working outside in the hot sun doing extensive farming to feed his family.
In a sense, America must thank the Redneck for all the difficult labor they have done to keep America the greatest country in the world.
The fact of the matter is, not all rednecks have sex with they're sister, love nascar, love hunting, love fishing, or love beer. They are the backbone of this great nation.
For that alone, the Redneck should be applauded, instead of put down and denigrated.
They are some of the nicest people I know...