Rick Perry & 'Niggerhead': Hunting Camp Sign Angers Herman Cain
Herman Cain: 'Niggerhead' Hunting Camp Sign is 'Just Plain Insensitive'
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is under fire over a the name of the hunting camp leased by his family. A sign reading "Niggerhead" was visible as late as 2008, according to several who had visited the Texas ranch.
Competing GOP candidate Herman Cain told Fox News' Chris Wallace, "My reaction is that’s just very insensitive. There isn't a more vile negative word than the N word, and for him to leave it there for as long as he did before I hear that they finally painted over it is just plain insensitive towards a lot of black people in this country." (Video below)
A statement from the Rick Perry camp reads in part:
"Perry’s father painted over offensive language on a rock soon after leasing the 1,000-acre parcel in the early 1980s. When Governor Perry was party to the hunting lease from 1997 to 2007, the property was described as northern pasture. He has not been to the property since 2006. In 1991 the Texas Legislature passed a bill to rename old, offensive place names."
However, several have said that the sign was visible as late as 2008.
A local resident of Paint Creek, Texas, who visited the property with Perry recalled seeing the rock and thinking, “This is going to embarrass Rick some day.”
That day is today.