Monday, October 03, 2011


“My mother and father went to the lease and painted the rock in either 1983 or 1984”

Crooked River Ranch
OK lets get this out of the way. Rick Perry's family went to a hunting camp called Crooked River Ranch (there's a place called that in Oregon, too, got a resort there and its a nice place). In that camp there was a rock someone had painted the word "niggerhead" on.

The media has gone ballistic, and even Herman Cain got in on the shaming Perry act. Shame on Cain for playing along, but he probably figured it was a good "Sista Soldier" moment. Here's the Washington Post's account:
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.
Now, I'm not a southerner, but even I know well enough that the word "niggerhead" does not mean "the head of a black man who I'm going to use a racial slur about."

Its a tobacco reference, or as the free online dictionary puts it:

A strong black chewing tobacco, usually in twisted plug form

Now I'll admit that its likely this came from, in the distant past, some reference to an imagined resemblance to a black man's head, and thus the name, but that's not what this rock was about or how the term is used.

Why someone painted it on the rock I'm not sure, and I suspect no one else knows either, but this is not an uncommon southern term, particularly in the early to middle 20th century before even the term "niggardly" became banned for sounding kind of like a racial slur.

The Post goes on:
He grew up in a segregated era whose history has defined and complicated the careers of many Southern politicians.
Unless they were Democrats, of course. Then they got a presumed pass for being in the Democratic Party. Even if they were a former leader in the Klan. Look, I'm not a big Perry fan largely because of his illegal immigration position but this is just ridiculous.

But you know, the Democrat machine got so much success out of "macaca" which is a nonsense word no one actually uses as a slur but sort of sounds like one used by French people in Southeastern Africa. Its the new blasphemy; you get stoned to death for using a term.

If only they'd put a tenth of this effort into investigating President Obama's past.


Eric said...

Even if it was a racial slur, I still don't quite understand how it implicates Perry as a racist simply for being in a camp where it was written.

If being in the mere presence of racial slurs makes you a racist, pretty much everyone south of Iowa and west of Illinois probably qualifies.

Christopher R Taylor said...

I wouldn't even limit it to there: anywhere on earth.