Rick Perry’s “Niggerhead” Problem Is A Sign Of Moral Failing


I guess the Republicans must be happy they are in a flavor of the week mood when it comes to their presidential candidates.   There is no clear leader for the Republican nomination, and no clear consensus within the conservative movement who is best to lead their three-thumb crowd.

Many rejoiced when Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the race, thinking him to be the savior in the months leading up to the first selection of delegates.  But then a near melt-down in the debates made everyone aware that Perry’s super-sized ego (something anyone requires to run for the White House) was not enough to actually wage a real campaign that could lead to victory.  There has to be more than mere ego to win not only the nomination, but the presidency.  Conservatives are finding out that the Perry glass is not even half full.  Even for them that is not enough.

But it was the news this morning that Rick Perry is morally unfit for office that is making headlines around the nation.

It was reported today that for many years Rick Perry leased  a hunting ranch named  “Niggerhead”.  The ranch had been leased by the family since the 1980’s. 

I know from reading history that the word “Nigger” was used far too long in many places around the nation for geographical names, but I also am aware most of those places had name changes decades ago.

In Texas news about racism must move a lot slower.

The problem with this latest Perry mess at “Niggerhead” is that it is a private place that could have wiped the rancid name off in one swoop of a paint brush or swing with an ax.  That Perry nor his family did not rebuke the place and stop leasing it, or in some way demand a change in its name, speaks to the moral vacuum at the center of this man who wants to be president.

I think the matter goes far beyond being insensitive on the part of Rick Perry over race.  I think it goes well beyond something that can be just brushed off and not matter.

I think “Niggerhead” speaks to the lack of moral fiber within Rick Perry.

Either Perry agreed with the sign and had no problem with it, or he was timid and reticent about demanding  a change to the sign. 

Either way it paints a picture of a man who does not possess the moral character that one must have in order to sit in the Oval Office.

This was a shameful lapse in character on the part of Rick Perry.

It was, however, an illuminating moment for the nation as we evaluate Rick Perry.

34 thoughts on “Rick Perry’s “Niggerhead” Problem Is A Sign Of Moral Failing

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  2. Patrick

    After reading the story in the Washington Post, I wonder why you don’t mention that Perry claims that the rock was painted over in 1983 or 84? You also fail to mention that the rock was knocked over to further hide the name. This is, at best, unusually sloppy work for C.P., or it simply confirms Larry Wilson’s comment. But let’s recap: a bunch of dirt diggers go to Perry’s home and hunting camp. They interview dozens of people to find anything. Someone mentions that a word which some people–usually those who didn’t care that Obama sat for 20 years in a racist church–might imagine is offensive appears in decades-old faded paint on a knocked over stone. But you want to question Perry’s moral character? Is this post somehow humorous and I missed it?

  3. Patrick,

    Not sloppy at all.

    You seem to swallow any GOP line. I do not.

    ““I remember the first time I went through that pasture and saw that,” said Ronnie Brooks, a retired game warden who began working in the region in 1981 and who said he guided three or four turkey shoots for Rick Perry when Perry was a state legislator between 1985 and 1990. “. . . It kind of offended me, truthfully.”

    Brooks, who said he holds Perry “in the highest esteem,” said that at some point after Perry began bringing lawmakers to the camp, the rock was turned over. Brooks could not recall exactly when. He said he did not know who turned the rock over.

    Another local who visited the property with Perry and the legislators in those years recalled seeing the rock with the name clearly visible.

    “I thought, ‘This is going to embarrass Rick some day,’ ” said this person, who did not want to be named, fearing negative consequences from speaking on the subject.

    Now Perry’s Republican opponent and former businessman, Herman Cain, is calling the Perry sign ‘insensitive.’

    ““My reaction is, that’s just very insensitive,” Cain told Fox. “[There] 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.”

    Perry is insisting that the sign was painted over when his family took over the lease of the camp. At this point it’s largely a matter of whose opinion you trust

  4. Lord Hurts

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2011
    “The White House”. Words Might Send Mixed Message
    At Rick Perry’s Texas hunting spot, camp’s old racially charged name lingered, by By Stephanie McCrummen ( The Washington Post, October 1, 2011)

    Interesting article that eludes to the fact that Rick Perry is a “closet” racist. This article really got me thinking:

    Maybe President Obama should think about the “signal”, sent to the world, when it is repeated, time and time again, that he is the occupant of The White House. This label might be offensive to some blacks, and it is this small majority that we need to protect. It is understandable that the words, The White House, might give some persons the impression that only white persons can occupy this house. Obama, being half white and half black, might give rise to the mistaken impression that the only reason for him occupying, The White House, is because of the white side of his heritage. I believe that so as not to send a confused message to this minority of blacks, Obama should immediately paint, The White House, some shade of beige so as to send a positive message of neutrality and inclusiveness.

  5. leftofcent

    If the rest of the republican field doesnt condemn him out of the race, they will prove that repulican party is racist . lets remember the old south (racists) used to be democrats until the civil rights movement. That is when the southern racists started to jump ship for the republican party and in 1989 the last of them joined up. guess who that was. You can tell that they dont give a damn about non-rich, or non whites. Just look at the executions per capita in texas, they are overwhelmingly rigged to kill Blacks and latinos

  6. Rick

    It is both sad and ironic that the central theme of the campaign to re-elect the president will be to pick scabs off the still unhealed sores of racism. Sad because this rhetoric will engender knee-jerk reaction rather than reasoned thought and ironic because Mr. Obama was widely presented as being the first post-racial president. Unfortunately Tom Lehrer’s 1967 song, National Brotherhood Week remains as timely today as when it was first performed. Go to you tube and judge for yourself.

  7. leftofcent

    The N-word was wrong when Jack London wrote it and its was wrong in 1983. So please stop trying to defend racism with the semantics of the word, or do really trully enjoy using the word froim the safety behind your computer. Ive had this discussion with people before, I liken it to the same people that say they are not racists because they have a black friend. C’mon Dale you aint keepin it real.

  8. E. E. Eee

    I see posts here suggesting that ‘its okay because this word is what the Amish call rocks in their fields or the it’s the name of chewing tobacco etc etc’. I grew up in the mid west, and where I grew up this particular word was another name for a geode. But before it was another name for a geode, the first half of this compound noun was a derogatory word for slaves. Human beings who were treated as subhuman, whipped, beaten even killed, separated from family, sold and traded like cattle etc. So stop pretending that ‘its okay because…’ There’s no ‘because’, it’s just not okay.

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