I actually love hicks, as well as being one myself. I was born in a suburb of a hicktown, and spent much of my childhood doing hick things and thinking hick thoughts.
This thread was provoked by another poster (who I like) who casually linked hicks with racism in another thread. I took umbrage with this because it's not fair to either hicks or to racists to associate one with the other.
Most of our racism-defining media (and this includes religion) comes from very educated people who live close to the centers of power. Not hicks themselves. Rich, well-connected and educated people created the racism-defining Orientalist literature that Edward Said warned about, for example.
Hollywood and TV are made in America's (and Europe's) largest cities, by people who have traveled and who have money and sophistication. This is who puts black men into thug roles, Arabs into murderer terrorist roles, and nice rich consumers into superman roles.
They don't actually believe any of the racist lies they promote. They just promote these lies to make money for themselves and their associates. The racism they create is strategic and self-interested.
Big city racism-producers find their best audience in small towns because small towns (and rural places) create trusting people. In hick towns, trusting other people is necessary because cooperation is necessary. So this "trust others" is built into the hick lifestyle. What a disaster when slick city racists can penetrate into the hick universe through television and radio.
Look where the rich get all their dumb warriors: from hicktowns who have watched their big-city lies and believed them because "we are happy because we believe."
Famous and important hicks include: Fidel Castro, Rene Levesque, Joan of Arc, Mickey Mantle, Jesus, Mohamed and Moses.
There are many more.
Urbanites often find their success in parasitism, which is easier than morality, but seldom leads to lasting improvements for the human condition.
Viva los campesinos!
Magical thinking helps people to accept poor governance.
That's why religion and entertainment media are so popular.