October 3, 2011

Politics: Texas Governor Rick Perry Has A Racist Past


Racism can be defined simply - as the hatred of another race. According to dictionary.com, racism is a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races  determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to rule others.”

I think Governor Rick Perry is vile and disgusting, no matter how you slice it. I personally have a problem writing about this, as I feel that the “N” word is the most reprehensible and offensive word, in the english language. I don’t like it, have never used the word, and never will.

The Washington Post reported that a West Texas hunting camp, in the town of Paint Creek, leased by Governor Rick “Shoot ‘em-up” Perry’s family since the early 1980’s, is called the “N” word with “head” attached to the racially charged noun. If you are familiar with the Royal Borough of Maidenhead, in England, The Perry family camp is “N*****head.”

Stephanie McCrummen’s Washington Post article published on October 1st, 2011 entitled “At Rick Perry’s Texas hunting spot, camp’s old racially charged name lingered,” she wrote:

“Paint Creek, Tex. — 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.

But the name of this particular parcel did not change for years after it became associated with Rick Perry, first as a private citizen, then as a state official and finally as Texas governor. Some locals still call it that. 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.

When asked last week, Perry said the word on the rock is an ‘offensive name that has no place in the modern world.’

But how, when or whether he dealt with it when he was using the property is less clear and adds a dimension to the emerging biography of Perry, who quickly moved into the top tier of Republican presidential candidates when he entered the race in August.”

The Washington Post article has conflicting reports about if and when the offensive name of the camp was changed. The Texas governor says that the name of the camp was changed in the 1980’s, while anonymous sources claim that the name was on the infamous rock as late as 2008.

The governor’s father, Ray Perry, served as a county commissioner in Haskell County for almost 30 years. This is a political family, and both father and son know better.

Herman Cain sharply criticized Perry yesterday, and said it was “insulting” that the Perry’s leased this hunting camp with a racist name.

David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter, doesn’t think the camp’s name is a big deal. He’s much more interested in how the Perry family was able to afford the lease on 1000+ acres of land. He wrote:

...the disconnect between Perry family income and outgo would seem at least as inviting target to reporters than repainted topographic racial slights.”

I don’t see how the Texas governor gets out of this mess, as racism has no place in our society at all. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass Governor Perry.

See ya - wouldn’t wanna be ya!



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