Rick Perry’s Racist Hunting Lodge

Of course as a Republican candidate, this may help him:

What’s in a name…for your favored hunting camp? In the case of Texas Governor Rick Perry, it could be a bit of lingering racism.

Gov. Perry’s campaign is pushing back today against a story in the Washington Post today about his West Texas hunting camp where the governor has hosted lawmakers and friends, which for many years was called “Niggerhead.”

The name, painted for many years on a large rock sitting at the entrance to the 1072-acre property, was reportedly used for the area near Clear Fork on the Brazos River which the Perry family has used for hunting since the early 1980s. But the painted rock, and the name of the area, remained long after Perry and his father began using the area for hunting trips with friends.

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  1. pvc,

    “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.”

    Whitewash!

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  2. omnivore,

    echinacea is, I believe, also traditionally known as “purple niggerhead”. So it may be related.

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  3. Old Geezer,

    It’s not like it happened in the twentieth century. It happened in Texas.

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  4. Ken,

    I grew up in the 1960′s only 40 miles from the town of Throckmorton, Texas. At that time it was one of the most backward racially prejudiced places in the state. They had a legend which they were very proud of. The saying goes that a car with some black folks stopped off and asked some local people where the local black people “hung out.” The reply they got was, “the last ones hung at that tree over there.”
    That legend is true to the extent that the last time any black people lived at Throckmorton, Texas was after a lynching that took place in the 1940′s. I was born and raised in Texas. But the likes of the crimiinal Bush family, and now this insane creature Perry and the general insanity which infests the entire state are perfect examples of why I would never set foot in the state again.

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  5. WordyGrrl,

    Have we heard from the “It’s HERITAGE, not hate” crowd yet?

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  6. Nowax,

    I think the Perry campaign deliberately put this out there as a dog-whistle (I message only they would “get”) to the party base that is racist. “Hey, Perry’s one of “us”.”

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