You may have heard that over the weekend the Washington Post reported that cartoon cowboy Rick Perry and his family for years hunted at a Texas hunting camp affectionately known as “Niggerhead.” This, ahem, could present a problem for someone running for president, especially one who already has a sketchy record on race after having fought hard to preserve Confederate symbolism in his state. According to the Post, the unsavory name for the camp was spelled out on a giant rock one encountered when entering the property.
“I was just so taken aback that it was so blatant, so in your face,” said a person from the Dallas area who visited the camp once in 1990 or 1991 and did not want to be named in a story potentially critical of Perry. “It was just, ‘whop.’ It was a big rock, big enough to write that whole thing out.”
Longtime hunters, cowboys and ranchers said this particular place was known by that name as long as they could remember, and still is…(A local) who visited the ranch with Perry during those years recalled the rock standing upright with the name visible. He said it was painted over years later; he was not sure exactly when but recalled remarking about the change with friends.
“We kind of laughed about it,” recalled this person, who said he would probably vote for Perry if he wins the Republican nomination. “My recollection is that it was several years ago. We were laughing because he had it painted. Because it had always been there. You couldn’t miss it, right there at the gate going in. We laughed about, ‘Rick’s covering his tracks.’ ”
Now, you didn’t think Jon Stewart would let this pass, did you? Of course not! So he and Wyatt Cynac — who grew up in Texas — had some satirical fun with the whole sordid mess, in addition to making a pretty strong statement about the continued use of the word in other geographic landmarks across America. The only thing missing was Daily Show Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore’s always-hysterical thoughts on the matter.
Here’s the first part of the segment…
And the second…