In Case You Missed It: "Niggerhead"

Oh boy.
In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance.

“Niggerhead,” it read.

The small Texas town of Paint Creek has no post office, no grocery store, and no claim to fame - until now. Dean Reynolds takes a tour of Paint Creek, the town where Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry grew up.

Ranchers who once grazed cattle on the 1,070-acre parcel on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River called it by that name well before Perry and his father, Ray, began hunting there in the early 1980s. There is no definitive account of when the rock first appeared on the property. In an earlier time, the name on the rock was often given to mountains and creeks and rock outcroppings across the country. Over the years, civil rights groups and government agencies have had some success changing those and other racially offensive names that dotted the nation’s maps.

But the name of this particular parcel did not change for years after it became associated with Rick Perry, first as a private citizen, then as a state official and finally as Texas governor. Some locals still call it that. As recently as this summer, the slablike rock — lying flat, the name still faintly visible beneath a coat of white paint — remained by the gated entrance to the camp.

When asked last week, Perry said the word on the rock is an “offensive name that has no place in the modern world.”

But how, when or whether he dealt with it when he was using the property is less clear and adds a dimension to the emerging biography of Perry, who quickly moved into the top tier of Republican presidential candidates when he entered the race in August.
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Cue the liberal glee.

Yes, yes. The moniker "Niggerhead" is more-than-overly-offensive. It's patently racist. But, as best as I can tell, Rick Perry didn't paint that on the rock. Nor, again, as best as I can tell, was/is it his responsibility to paint over it. Sure, one could argue that while the rock had this term painted on it, Perry could have taken his... hunting business? ... elsewhere. That's an argument for another time.

Honestly though -- is this really what folks are going to get upset about when it comes to Rick Perry as a candidate? Really?!

He bypassed the Texas State Legislature -- using an executive order -- to approve a mandate on a vaccine for young girls, and the buzz is all about the word that is painted on a rock at his hunting cabin. Yikes.

If you ask me -- and by reading this website you are doing just that -- I am far more concerned with this type of abuse of power than I am with what is painted on rocks outside of a candidate's hunting cabin.

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