Rick Perry's "Niggerhead" Draws Split Opinions
One word has reopened American's race issues
Rick Perry's 'Niggerhead' fiasco isn't calming down anytime soon with supporters and opponents chiming in to keep the fire stoked.
Of course, it didn't take like to find those not to keen on Perry's explanation or the use of the N-word, so be it, a few years ago when Perry claims to have painted over the inflammatory sign. Finding people who supported Perry or downplayed the media's attention weren't so easy to locate. Both sides raise valid points. Which side are you on?
The N-Word Is Nothing to Play With
“Rick Perry went hunting in TX at a place called #niggerhead. He's also executed 240+ people, some innocent. Which is more offensive? - Baratunde, political commentator and comedian via Twitter
“So Rick Perry's hunting camp is called "Niggerhead." I'm thinking they'll applaud this at the next GOP debate too.” - Jelani Cobb, historian and Loop21 contributor
“Really Rick Perry? Niggerhead?" - Talib Kweli, rapper
“Has anyone suggested Perry campaign leaked "Niggerhead" to help him with his base?" - Greg Mitchell, The Nation blogger
"Back to Perry: Anyone who supports a man who hunted at a camp called "Niggerhead" his whole life can never bring up Rev. Wright again, ever." - Charles Blow, NYT Op-Ed columnist
“In 1962, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names changed more than a hundred such names, substituting “Negro.” - Washington Post
“Typically these were in areas where African Americans were not all that common.” - Mark Monmonier, a geography professor at Syracuse University, who wrote a book on the subject of racially offensive place names.
"In all seriousness, I think this says very little about Rick Perry, and a lot more about the country he seeks to govern." - Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor for The Atlantic
Perry Got a Bad Rap
"There is no hint of prejudice or race-baiting in Rick Perry's long career in the public eye." - Hugh Hewitt, Conservative pundit
"The word written by others long ago is insensitive and offensive. That is why the Perrys took quick action to cover and obscure it" - Perry's campaign spokesman Ray Sullivan said in a statement.
“He doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He didn’t then, and he doesn’t now.” - former Democratic state Rep. Ron Wilson, who is black and served with Perry in his early years in the Legislature.
“I don’t agree with him on policy issues, but you can point to many things he has done that were sensitive to ethnic minorities.” - Dallas Democratic Sen. Royce West, who is also black
“It shows the extent to which the Democrats will go to attack Republicans.” - Erick Erickson, redstate.org
“The Washington Post wants you to believe that Perry drew it, on his property much less, and is now trying to hide his white robe." - Ali A. Akbar, who last month wrote an open letter inviting actor Morgan Freeman to a Tea Party rally