Rick Perry and the Curious Case of 'Niggerhead' Ranch

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No, this isn't what the sign on Rick Perry's property was referring to.
Courtesy of a great story in the Washington Post, Rick Perry and his advisors are going to have a hard time observing their sabbath as a day of rest this Sunday.

When we awoke this morning to read in Politico's Playbook that the phrase "Niggerhead" will now always be associated with the Perry campaign, we initially wondered if it referred to something else.

Had Perry bought a lake in upstate New York? Afraid it might upstage his own, was he in-artfully referring to the Chia head of Barack Obama? Had he found an even more politically incorrect name for those chocolate-covered European candies known as "Negro Heads"?

Or, perhaps, was Perry's campaign offering the crudest possible caption for just exactly what he was doing to that corn dog?

In reality, what the name referred to was worse than any of these absurd possibilities. "Niggerhead," the Post reports, is the name of a hunting ranch the Perry family has leased since the 1980s.

Now to be fair, the word "Nigger" was used for hundreds of geographic places in their official government names across this country for centuries. Post reporter Stephanie McCrummen writes about how the U.S. Board of Geographic Names had changed many of these en masse 50 years ago (although, hilariously, they'd often just change "Nigger Creek" to "Negro Creek," "Nigger Mountain" to "Colored Mountain," etc.) New York State just got around to renaming "Nigger Lake" on government maps this past summer.

But the "Niggerhead" sign on the Perry property was a private sign, painted in large letters on a large rock. Perry used the property as a gathering place for his politicos, and he's running for president. So he's got some explaining to do.

To hear Perry tell it, according to the Post, as soon as his family started leasing the land in 1983, he ordered "the offensive word" painted over; he believed the rock was eventually turned upside-down.

But McCrummen writes that she spoke to over two-dozen people for her story, including "seven who said they saw the rock [and] said the block-lettered name was clearly visible at different points in the 1980s and 1990s. One, a former worker on the ranch, believes he saw it as recently as 2008."

One who saw it, "a retired game warden who began working in the region in 1981...said he guided three or four turkey shoots for Rick Perry when Perry was a state legislator between 1985 and 1990" and found that the sign "Kind of offended me, truthfully." (Italics ours.)

Rick Perry is between a rock (with a racial epithet painted on it) and a hard place. He's the governor of a border state with an enormous Latino population, and his efforts to not demonize all of them as potential illegal immigrants have already left him castigated by the Tea Party. If he comes out too strongly in disavowing that sign, the Tea Party will tar and feather him as a weak-kneed, politically correct RINO incapable of standing up for private property and the freedom of white people to call land they own "Niggerhead" wherever they damn well please.

But he's also running for President of the United States, against the nation's first African American president, and there is some delicacy required here. With or without a "Niggerhead" sign along the way -- not to mention making pit stops to chat up secession and getting an experimental stem cell procedure while opposing stem cell research -- the road to the White House going through the Tea Party first is not going to be an easy one for him.

Related: How does Rick Perry's 'Niggerhead' Ranch compare to Michael Jackson's 'Neverland' Ranch?

Via the Washington Post.

sthrasher@villagevoice.com | @steven_thrasher

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Jake Thonis

How did this slip through our fingers, I just dont get it. Isnt there some sort of comity that does heavy  background checks making sure we have respectable members of society representing us, I know he didnt win but its still so wrong that he made it as far as he did.

USMCJock
USMCJock

"First of all, this isn't about Bush, it's about the loser currently in the office.  The whole blame Bush mantra is old and tired and used up.  They didn't teach you to point fingers in blame in the core now did they?"'

First, it's not the "core", it's the "corps".  They didn't teach YOU how spell did THEY?  Don't ever disrespect the Corps again.

Second, we are still feeling Bush's policies. (i.e the tax breaks). People are ignoring that salient fact. Just like in the future, you might argue that the US economy, might be still feeling the effects of Obama's healthcare plan.

I've never met Sheila Jackson-Lee. But Ann Coulter's response about "our blacks are better than their blacks" (which you left out) is pretty racist. I'm sure you'll agree and I'm never even Black or Latino or Asian or Indian or a mix.

" Man I don't have all the answers but the current Admin has NONE." But you're commenting as if you do, with nothing but right-wing propaganda and rhetoric. 

" They have nothing to run on, nothing to be proud of, no accomplishments, no achievements NOTHING."

Exactly, what has the GOP-led House accomplished?????  Their approval rating is the lowest ever recorded in History.  The republican approval rating is 19%.

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" I will, however, thank you for your service and sacrifice to OUR country.  My father served, my grandfather served, my father in law retired from the Pentagon Naval Intel. I know a lot about how the military works and our military is NOT in support of this man whatsoever.  I know many men and women that are currently serving and they are NOT happy."

I have to laugh.  You denigrate the Corps by misspelling it. You attack me and then you try to somehow assuage your post with a backhanded slap across my face. What a joke. You mention members of your family who served but you, and then in the next breathe, say you know how the military works.  Hmm...how??? Vicariously through a family member?  Did you take a poll of the military? How exactly do you know how the "our military" feels from a cohesive perspective, without ever setting foot in the military and speaking to different factions of it?

I can sit here and defend my boss, who is the Commander in Chief!!  Just because YOU have no respect for the military and our Commander in Chief, doesn't mean I will disrespect him, I'm sick and tired of the republican party pandering to the military for our votes. They fool no one, except maybe you.

Tom
Tom

The largest problem this country faces is partisan politics. If our legislators and leaders cannot compromise to find a peaceful, successful middle ground solution, we need to be rid of them. What do we need to do financially? We cannot cut the deficit by cutting spending, unless we stop all spending. We cannot cut the deficit by cutting taxes. We must increase taxes, cut spending, and cut waste. Where to start? Anywhere would be acceptable to me.  The candidates have done little more than demonize one another, belittle anything Obama has done, and the GOP has blocked needed legislation so the "Tea Party" is mollified. Extreme measures, left OR right, cannot be sustained. Our leaders USED to meet in the middle. Mr. Clinton signed legislation allowing the deregulation of the banking, stock market and insurance companies. He signed it. The GOP under Bush took it to the extreme. Tax cuts enacted while Bush was president were supposed to generate investment and creat jobs. Where are those investments and the jobs? In Asia, of all places. The tax cuts did not provide the needed stimulus in the US, and we need to re-instate those taxes. NO ONE I know likes to pay taxes, but I sure as hell would like all the wealthy folks to pay at least the same percentage I do.As far as Rick Perry is concerned, would he ask Mr. Obama to the "Niggerhead" Ranch for the weekend? The word is offensive, and NO defense of its other uses will change that. How you like that, "Crackerhead?""Nuff said. Can we not get to the real issues? Jobs. End the wars. Bring the troops home. Abolish the IRS. Reform tax policy. Stop meddling in the affairs of other countries. You know, the US put Saddam Hussein in power in Iraq. 

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Robinelliott8

Are we all missing the point here? Its 2011 and someone whos fighting to represent our country has a hunting ranch called "niggerhead". How the fuck is this ok?

Kristeena
Kristeena

what rick perry needs to do is get his a$$ out of womans reproductive rights,stop trying to be a doctor,and focus on his state. we had a national terrorist plot going down is corpus christi and reynosa,but this dumb fart is too busy campaigning and too busy making decisions for women,you know,because were too dumb to think or act for ourselves.  get rid of this loser,here on the homefront and on the national platform.  

Arice_28144
Arice_28144

There is no comparison between Michael Jackson's fictional Neverland Ranch and Rick Perry's Niggerhead Ranch which comes from a factual criminal and disgusting place in US history. What a dumb question you all asked! Please do not compare the torture of people to a fairytale again!

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bobthebuilder
bobthebuilder

rick perry should have looked into that before he started running for president ran  these people can find anything and everything in your past or your family and use it as ammuntion in a election even though i voted for barack i can't see myself voting for perry   he should get rid of some those advisers  who should known he can not these like this  maybe he needs to give a speech like barack on race

Atomdent
Atomdent

Haha lol perry will not only not be pres but good luck with your next gubernatorial race when Texan see this pic a thousand times maybe Ron Paul could be tx gov ha

GST GST
GST GST

Hey, he has a right to have that sign on his own land.  I have no problem with that.  Now, if that also costs him some votes I also have no problem with that either. 

Octavion
Octavion

What an absolutely worthless article. The substance is pejorative and irrational and the picture is completely tasteless.  Whoever is paying Mr. Thrasher is paying too much.

Niggerhead is a noun that was in the english lexicon long before slavery existed.  It appears as though knowledge of the language isn't Mr. Thrasher strong suit.

I'm no Perry supporter.  However use of the photo demonstrates how small, petty and irrelevant Mr. Thrasher is...it says nothing about Perry.  The use of photos like this to "argue" political premises will only lead to candidates restricting or refusing photo opportunities.  If I were running for public office no one whom I did not authorize would get close enough to use their camera. If posers like Thrasher asked why or made an issue of it, this photo and that of Rep. Bachmann would be shoved in their face.

Owlafaye
Owlafaye

A niggerhead refers to a marine capstan's side drum as well as a wide variety of plants and geological features throughout the world.  Even a twisted plug of tobacco is still called a niggerhead

Nigger is in reference to black trash people and used in the Black American community with impunity.

You might harken to Morgan Freeman's ideas on the subject and start to refer to black, brown and yellow people as "Americans", because that is what we all are.

Perry would be advised to drop all references to the word and change his ranch name to "Dashed Hopes"

dues
dues

your something else VV- the picture of Perry with the dog, the pounding of the rocks name-- many don't know this but often farmers will refer to very large rocks that frequent the soils as they are plowing/haying/mowing/etc. are referred to as this, no doubt it was starting as some sort of mockery of blacks but after many many years it was just a name for big rocks in the way, took me a while to get used being from Brooklyn, but I know many country people who use this word-- not saying it is right or wrong,but its one of those things that has taken on a new meaning over the years, My farmer husband uses this word when out in the field and is not at all a prejudice person, nor am I. I don't like Perry as my choice so far is the NON politician, honest man Cain-- but I do not think Perry is a prejudice person whatsoever... I am sure if he knew he would run for president he would have painted over that rock asap as the media loves DIRT! 

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Todays Burlington paper states that Abdul Awakal is making request or demanding that he be served porkless meals. He is a murderer and should have no say, for he has given up his rights to make any request after killing his wife  and others. Tell me America, ifone of us were in his country, could we demand, could we make any bargains, would we be heard? Americans in prison abroad, what right do they have? Amanda knox was just released for a crime she said she did not do- did she get a break? Listen to her story. Prison is what it is- when folk commitcrimes of any kind,they serve the time. No one sentyou there but  yourself because of the thoughtless things you do.I f Abdul wants fancy food,he should not have done crime to put himself in this mess. Prison is NOT the Hylton or even the cheapest motel you canfind- itis set up to makefolk know,DONT COME BACK HERE!  this is NOT homePrison is the scareyou straight in making change in your life.Abdul, eat whats put before you and stop trying to change our industry for your religion.Ask Allah,or mohamed to come and feed you till then shut up and consider yourself luck and blessed to be in an American prison.

Hlvme2
Hlvme2

There are many folk like Rick Perry, they may not have a sign, or call you names  to your face but deep down low, they have this dirty name for you no matter how you cut it. Jews, would not deal with Samaritans, Jesus had to bridge that gap. We will have to face the mad breadth of evil people who can never see you for what you are - and will always try to make you feel les than. But this is pride of the worse kind, when others no matter who they are  try toput others down, because  their hearts are evil, they be grudge you for  your abilities etc. These will only move once and for all, when the king of love returns JESUS CHRIST THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD, who says LOVE one another, be kind to one another, He could say it because He came and demonstrated love for all.Perry needs to remind himself, that words hurt, and you cannot hide hate it will eat you up but LOVE covers a multitude of sin. and the world will beabetterplace when we show love andtolerance to all people.

AB
AB

Now I understand Perry's loyalty to Gore... they are both sons of racist pigs. Both believe in creating an exchange for carbon...whatever the hell that means in environmental terms. If I pollute but am willing to pay someone for a piece of paper that says I offset my pollution, well, I'm still a polluter. And the paper I'm buying isn't worth the paper it is printed on. Once a Lib Dem, always a Lib Dem. Glad that they got the picture right and I will NEVER eat a hotdog or Sausage in public again.... damn Internet!

slim shady
slim shady

should have re-named it crackerhead ranch. No one would have a problem with that i'd bet. Quit being pandering pansies. Niggerhead ranch. No big deal.

Fuckoff
Fuckoff

Nigger, Nigger, Nigger, Nigger, Nigger, and oh yeah Nigger... I love saying that!!!  I could use a couple of them this weekend...my grass needs cut and my cars detailed.  I'm tired of paying for you and your ten kids and you still complain that you don't get handed enough of my hard earned money to sit on your ass...  oh yeah and keep your babies daddy alive in jail for years after you steal and suck the life blood out of this economy from hard working individuals who deserve to keep what they have.   Wake up people!!!!  WTF is wrong you people. 

JackLean
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There is just no winning in our current political system. No wonder so many young people along with the unemployed, are so disenchanted with both parties. They have abandoned the Democrats, Republicans and the multitudinous variations of right wing independents and taken to the streets of New York in protest.

You are going to hear Democrats and Republicans call them names, reviling them with criticism while the protestors continue to appear more and more like our founding fathers every day. One of the old Virginians said, "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Rang true in the 1770's and it remains true today.

Best remember that the bell tolls for all 'established' politicians...it appears that your days may be numbered.

mommadillo
mommadillo

Great work, Steve.  My favorite part of your articles has to be all the butthurt teabaggers whining in the comments.  Music to my ears.

tinavel
tinavel

Biased left wing reporting. How do I know? Soon as reference to the Tea Party finding anything acceptable in the notion of a racial slur. Throw this in the trash.  

craig hill
craig hill

This essentially is the final nail in the coffin Perry's been in since his speech announcing his run.  That leaves the field to Romney, and maybe Cain as his veep, which is what that pompous windbag has been running for from the start.  Problem is a poll in '08 showed 6% of Repubs would NOT vote for a black, 8% would not vote for a woman and a whopping 24% would not vote for a Mormon.  The Repubs know the minute Romney wins their nomination they would never hear the end of it from Mormons about how their funky Christianity would thenceforth be accepted AS PART OF Xianity; that God spoke to all Christian Repubs and blessed the ticket when Romney became the nominee; that there would follow a plague of door-knocking Mormons, that would never end, attempting to convert the Bible Belt to Mormonism; and that, once accepted as Christian, the entire panoply of Mormonism would also have to be accepted as part of Xianity, including the story of Jesus in North America tending to Indians with Italian names (Moroni, which the church should have been nicknamed after).  This, the Bible Belt, the blood pump of the Republican Party, can not and will never accept.

So the Repubs remain in a quandry.  Add to Romney's Mormonism his acceptance of, gasp, Social Security and his mirror image version of Obama's corporatist healthcare system Romney instituted in Massachusetts, and the turnout for Romney would be tepid at best.  They have no competition to Obama, as bad as he is, that they can vote for.  Which is why it was so fervently hoped Christie would enter the race, no one caring what he stood for, if anything:  He was white; possibly mainstream Christian; not a black, nor a woman, nor a Mormon.  Christie could win, they thought, because they could vote for him.  No longer on either count.

Obama (shudder) wins.

FWT0872
FWT0872

I am so not surprised, He is and always will be a RACIST

Airbournespartan
Airbournespartan

Niggerhead, hahaha classic. This man will be getting my vote now

USMCJock
USMCJock

UNBELIEVABLY VILE.

He has destroyed Texas to the tune of $30 Billion deficit; slated to balloon to $95 Billion in 2-3 years. He just cut $5.3 Billion from education and his racism shows. He continues to try to redistrict to disenfranchise latinos and other minorities all while the unemployment rate sits at 8.3 percent.

Z
Z

Let's add a few facts to this story, the 1000 acres that Perry leased is part of a 42,000 acre Ranch owned by a Children's Charity Organization, based in Austin Texas.  Perry's father found the 'racist rock' and painted it over and later had it dug up and the offending part buried.  The Post neglected to add this important information as to ownership of the land and Perry's fathers actions.  This gave a false impression that Perry owned the land and failed to take action to remove the 'racist rock'.  The Washington Post should apologize for their misleading article.

skinnydog
skinnydog

Here's a link to a "Nigger Head cap gun" up for auction. I believe it's the source of the name, since Perry's place is a hunting lodge and a Nigger Head is an antique cap pistol:

http://www.liveauctioneers.com...

skinnydog
skinnydog

The name "Nigger Head" is from a Jim Crow era (1880's) cap pistol. See this link for an auction of the pistol and a photo (note in the photo that the hammer of the pistol falls into the open mouth of the "nigger head" - a figurine molded into the weapon):

"Nigger Head" Cap Gun by Stevens, cast iron, 4.5 i

Scott Simik
Scott Simik

Hell all that Rick Perry is for is women bare foot and pregnant and black to be slaves once again, he care nothing about the People but only the one who support him, he would never been in office except for the Ultra Wealthy and Oil barons he said he is a Christian but he has order more people to death then any other governor in History! He is the Anita Christ you should fear his evil.

Timothy Bladel
Timothy Bladel

The writer of this post should be ashamed, how many time did this person get a kick out of saying this word. What a pathetic chump, he probably went home to his friends and said, look I got away with writing the N word so and so times. I am not going to even bother to count. Some of the commenter on this post are doing the same thing, oddly enough they are all liberals. Does anybody with a brain not know this story is garbage, and just one of a long list of left wing hit pieces. I said with a brain.

Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet
Angela Garcia as NeonMosfet

This has nothing to do with freedom of speech. Perry doesn't own the ranch; he leases it and has done so for nearly 30 years. He's allowed to lease all he likes, except he already knew about the offensive rock long before he threw his hat into the ring. In running for president, there always a certain amount of staging that goes on. When we rent a house, we check the closets, bang the cupboards, play with the faucets, flush the toilet, and check out the paint job. If these are sub par, we rent something else. When running for office, we never play the-is-that-chocolate-or shit-in-my-mouth-card. No. We do not. We kiss babies, and hug old ladies, and get down on our knees and do the biggest suck up job that ne'er can be beat. We're in it to win it. ":..And she love me like the rock of ages, she love me..."

Angela Garcia as Neon Mosfet

martykayzee
martykayzee

Are you referring to Clarence Thomas and Herman Cane?

martykayzee
martykayzee

Irrelevant.  Just as Pres. Obama was labeled a foreign-born Kenyan Muslim socialist, Perry will be bashed as an ignorant redneck fascist racist.  It's all in good political fun, except that Mr. Obama will clean his clock should they ever appear on a debate stage together.

mommadillo
mommadillo

What would you know about brains, dumbfuck?

Fuckoff
Fuckoff

One can be the captain and the other first mate on the boat back to Africa!!!

Regards,White honky

Fuckoff
Fuckoff

martykayzee for president!!!

martykayzee
martykayzee

Psychopaths are nothing if not consistent.

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