Rick Perry and Niggerhead Camp

POLITICO Arena: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Sunday the racially charged name of Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s one-time hunting camp is “very insensitive.” A Washington Post story includes various eyewitness accounts of a rock at the Texas property on which the offensive word was painted. The campaign disputes the story, telling POLITICO it contains “incorrect, inconsistent” claims.

But Cain added on “Fox News Sunday”: “That isn’t a more vile, negative word than the N-word and for him to leave it there as long as he did before, I hear, that they finally painted over it, is just plain insensitive to a lot of black people in this country.”

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How badly does this hurt Perry’s bid for the GOP nomination? Is Cain the most likely beneficiary or another Republican candidate?

BENJAMIN: Frankly, I don’t think GOP primary voters give a damn. Racially offensive place names dot the American landscape, even in the liberal Northeast. Recently, the NYS DEC catalogued racially offensive place names on survey maps. The Wall Street Journal reported that the names were scrubbed from official maps and documents.

Whitewash only covers what was once visible. We cannot whitewash history or what resides in the souls of men (and women). I’ll give Governor Perry and his family the benefit of their statements and actions. The Perrys are not responsible for the thoughts and actions of others.

It’ll be another matter, however, if Governor Perry is shown to use racially offensive or racially disparaging language. For now, the Texas hunting camp’s name is a short-lived news story.

Do you think Gov. Perry will be hurt by his involvement with a property called Niggerhead Camp? Sound off in the comments section below!

About SquarePegDem

A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email FOMB08@GMAIL.COM.
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3 Responses to Rick Perry and Niggerhead Camp

  1. AngelaD says:

    I think the GOP and their Tea Party faction have made their racist and biased views on diversity abundantly clear. I wish the media’ in all it’s forms’ would focus their attention on the larger issues of race in this country instead of the name of this stupid camp.


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