Perry’s ‘ranch problem’ injects racism into GOP race

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According to the Washington Post, Texas governor and Republican 2012 presidential hopeful Rick Perry has a “ranch problem”. For years, including some during his tenure as governor, he and his family hosted hunting and other events at a West Texas hunting camp they leased called “Ni**erhead”.

Perry has offered varying accounts of when “the name painted in block letters across a large, flat (3-by-5 foot) rock standing upright at its gated entrance” was painted over. Basically, Perry states that his parents painted over the name in 1983 or 1984.

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According to the Post, “Perry’s version of events differs in many respects from the recollections of seven people…who spoke in detail of their memories of seeing the rock with the name at various points during the years that Perry was associated with the property.” Some believe they saw it as recently as 2008.

The Post is correct in stating that names such as these were “once applied to products such as soap and chewing tobacco” and “most often to geographic features such as hills and rocks” but this issues should raise a number of questions about Gov. Perry and his campaign.

What impact will this have on Perry’s campaign? It was just over seven weeks ago that Christian Conservative and Tea Party backed Gov. Rick Perry entered the Republican race for president as the Washington Times called him, “the instant superstar many political observers expected.”

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