Herman Cain: Perry insensitive for not removing “Niggerhead” from rock at hunting grounds

And since Gov. Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place. It’s just basically a case of insensitivity.

I wish Cain had just dismissed this story out-of-hand instead of commenting on it using the word ‘insensitive’. The story in the Washington Post is a big non-story trying to paint racial undertones in Perry’s campaign. But Perry’s family didn’t even paint the offensive word on the rock and according to Perry’s response in the article, his father painted over right after they leased it:

“When my Dad joined the lease in 1983, he took the first opportunity he had to paint over the offensive word on the rock during the 4th of July holiday,” Perry said in his initial response. “It is my understanding that the rock was eventually turned over to further obscure what was originally written on it.”

Perry said that he was not with his father when he painted over the name but that he “agreed with” the decision.

I’m a bit disappointed that Cain would ‘go there’ with this article and not just take Perry’s word in the article. He should be much more careful going forward.


UPDATE: Perry’s campaign responded to the article (via Hotair):

“A number of claims made in the story are incorrect, inconsistent, and anonymous, including the implication that Rick Perry brought groups to the lease when the word on the rock was still visible. The one consistent fact in the story is that the word on a rock was painted over and obscured many years ago.

“Gov. Perry and his family never owned, controlled or managed the property referenced in the Washington Post story. The 42,000-acre ranch is owned by the Hendricks Home for Children, a West Texas charity. http://www.hendrickhome.com/

“Perry’s father painted over offensive language on a rock soon after leasing the 1,000-acre parcel in the early 1980s. When Gov. 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.”

Again, I just wish that Cain had given Perry the benefit of the doubt. It saddens me that he didn’t.

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  • I actually think he did better than others would/are doing, which is go off the rails about Perry being a racist. That isn’t to say he should’ve called it “insensitive” — but it’s honestly *no worse* than Perry saying that people who don’t want to educate illegal immigrants “have no heart” in the last debate.

    • Anonymous

      Cain should have made a crack about the media crawling out from under a rock for this story. That’s what he should have said. It would have gone viral.

  • Anonymous

    That’s the EVP in Cain. He does this in almost every interview I’ve seen him give, although I don’t follow him closely so don’t watch them all.

    I spent 29 years working for the phone company. It’s now called Verizon but I started out back when it was still part of AT&T and I was there during all it’s incarnations after Divestiture and through mergers and buy outs. I was union for 16 years and then took a promotion and spent my last years as management until I was laid off in 2008.

    There is nothing more pointless than sitting through what we used to call a “skip level” meeting. That’s when the Big Boys, the Executive Vice Presidents, would go all around the company holding meetings with us common folk. What a farce. Guys like Cain would show up in their expensive suits and hold court for all of us peons to “answer questions” about the company and it’s goals and policies.

    Oh, boy. When you’re younger and naive these types of things sounded great. But once you’ve been through a couple of them you learn they are nothing but a show.

    Here’s how it works: someone asks a question with a grievance in it. Doesn’t matter what it is. The EVP repeats back the question in the form of agreeing with the sentiment of the question. They don’t have a clue, but they can tell by the way the question was asked what answer the person is looking for. So they give it to them.

    That’s what Cain does. He is corporate through and through.

  • I too wished it was dismissed but this is how the media tries to manipulate, before I did not see it but now I do. Anyways Mr. Cain is black & he feels its insensitive, its his opinion, I don’t think he said it because he’s playing any race card to win an election or that he thinks Perry is racist, its just how he feels about that. Same with the comment he made on 2/3 of blacks being brainwashed, or with Chris Christie being too liberal. Some may agree othesr not so much, but he’s honest. Now if he starts hitting on only this type of opinions and forgets talking about plans to fix things then I have a problem.

  • Anonymous

    It’s time for the other candidates to fire back. Seems like they don’t for fear of being called “racist.” And will some candidate please call him out on what a disaster the 9-9-9 plan would be. He won’t be president forever, and the Dems would be salivating at now having a giant new tax spigot – the national sales tax.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. Plus, from what I’ve read, it’s unconstitutional. The Constitution only allows a federal income tax. The feds can’t impose a sales tax on us without an amendment.

    • Anonymous

      Calling out Cain’s plan is very unpopular on conservative sites. He has become the Republican Messiah. On the Chris Wallace show over the weekend Chris confronted Cain on how 999 would increase the taxes for low and middle income and lower it for the wealthy, but of course Cain pulled some numbers out of his butt to disprove that. I hate to say that Cain is intentionally selling out the lower and middle income to further his political ambitions, but it’s either that or he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. You will probably be attacked by the Cainbots just as the Paulbots attack anyone with a different opinion because they hate the truth.

      Don’t worry about the attacks. The more we comment on the harm Cain’s plan will do, the sooner it will be checked out by the media.

  • Anonymous

    “Bye-bye, Rick Perry, your “macaca” moment is here, and the GOP Racist Hall of Fame has your plaque ready. Hope you enjoyed that hunting camp.” (Jax…local newspaper)

    My response:

    Your plaque is ready too Jax. Only you’ll have to scrape it off of your lying teeth first. I knew you would come in here yet again with this stupid leftist tripe. Just like clockwork. Don’t you scum-suckers have anything else other than lies? Don’t you get sick of lies?

    Thank you Gov. Perry’s father for taking a racial epithet on a boulder and painting over it permanently, then upturning it so the epithet is buried, once and for all. Were Jax’s lying pie-hole to tread ever so gently upon the truth, he would mention this fact. As it is, you’d think Perry took the original grafitti and expanded it into a neon sign 7 story’s high. Did he do that Jax or did he have it painted over and buried? You are a sick, lying pile of refuse, union loon goon. This is a big reason why your side is losing and will continue to lose.

    What other low-life lies do you have for us today? Do you have your Alinsky plaque yet? It’s no doubt right there on your teeth along with the other lying plaque.

    Next time you want to vomit pure lying bile, why not deposit it in your own toilet where it belongs. That goes for anyone else who wants to tramp across this slanderous slime-pit.

    • Anonymous

      Great comment.

  • Why is Herman Cain buying into this media hype? He did it with Palin also. It’s really disappointing. Why doesn’t media ask Cain about these racists remarks? D.L. Hughley http://tinyurl.com/5vv8ayh Bill Maher http://tinyurl.com/66z4tal What a bunch of hypocrites!!!

    Michelle Malkin wrote a good blog on it: Rick Perry and the Macaca Media http://tinyurl.com/3cowm64

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  • Anonymous

    I love Cain. I voted for him when he ran for Congress. But this is what worries me about his candidacy. This is when his inexperience in politics shows. He needs to learn that he doesn’t have to comment on something that a reporter brings up in the moment – he should decline to answer until he knows all the facts for himself. It is unfortunate that good men like Cain fail in politics because of media manipulation. I wish all the candidates had taken Newt’s admonition not to let the media pit one of them against another. It is like the media takes great delight in setting up a circular firing squad and everyone (except Newt) jumps right in and shoots our own.

    • Anonymous

      Not only that Cain needs to understand that this was planted. I am telling you that this story was planted to agitate Mr. Cain and the other repubs.

  • Anonymous

    Herman Cain is a very likable guy. I do not think he has enough traction to make it to the finish line as President. However, I agree that he should have given Rick Perry the benefit of the doubt. Also, history should have told him that a rock outcropping can bear a similar name to the object of his insensitivity.
    While I would have loved that Gov Perry had given another name to that parcel of land back then, I do understand that the same place is now used for some children’s retreat with a totally different name now.
    I think that Herman Cain sinned by omission. As a christian, he should thought twice about pointing finger because you have three more pointing back at you. Make sure you have the facts, then rise above the circumstances. He has always shown himself to be gracious and classy, hope he makes a good comeback!

    • Anonymous

      Actually, I have to make an addendum, just checked wikipedia and I read the following:

      * Niggerhead hunting camp, the former name of a hunting camp of Texas governor Rick Perry, renamed to “North Camp Pasture”.

      To his credit Rick Perry did change the name of the place. However Wikipedia still states:

      *The term was once widely used for all sorts of things, including products such as soap and chewing tobacco, but most often for geographic features such as hills and rocks.[citation needed] In the U.S., more than hundred “Niggerheads” and other place names now considered racially offensive were changed in 1962 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, but many local names remained unchanged.

      Waoh! The US Board on Geographic Names should get their act together and change those names!


  • Anonymous

    Could be a payback for Gov. Perry calling those who oppose his TX Dream Act “heartless…” I think as a non-politician Mr. Cain simply responded to the question posed rather than understanding how the media is trying to drag him into the sewer with them. He’s going to need a bit of polishing as he gets more MSM attention and refuse to agree with the premise that they pose. If this is his biggest faux pas, he’s got nothing to worry about. This is MSM trying to stoke the fire of the Reality Show that is the Repub Primaries.

  • Eve

    Once again the media pulls a non-issue to the forefront and all our problems rest on the remark of a rock.

    I wish Herman Cain didn’t fall for the “rock on the leased property” tactic. He should have dismissed it. I don’t believe he was playing the race card, sure it is insensitive, what else was he to say. This doesn’t make Perry any more or less of a racist either. It proves nothing, complete nothingness. The winner is the Rock for it’s 15 minutes of fame (again) and the media for pandering to those that only read headlines.

    And maybe it’s just me, but when you don’t “own” a property, you don’t go changing it. This was the owners issue not the person leasing it.

    • The Rock Wins LOL

    • cabensg

      It isn’t just a non-issue it was an outright lie not backed up by anyone and thrown out to get a response from Cain. You know the press is desperate when they have to go back 30 some years to find something and then lie about it besides. I’m gettin pretty tired of these Republicans believing every question the Pravda press puts to them. The stone had niggerhead on it Perry’s Father painted over it when that didn’t do the job they turned it over so it didn’t show.
      End of story. Perry didn’t name the place and they didn’t use that name. Where are the campaign workers for these candidates. You’d think they could check out this stuff if the candidates don’t have the time. You don’t answer the press about anything unless you know the facts yourself about what they’re asking.

      • Eve

        No it is a non-issue. The rock story (btw hashed out 27 years ago also) will not solve our problems of today; economy, jobs, banks, housing, energy, etc. It is a non-issue topic used by the media to manipulate the viewers and discredit the selected candidates (Perry and Cain). Herman Cain fell for it and so did Bachmann. Unfortunately, they were not sharp enough to end the conversation and kept it going. Watch Cain’s ratings tank as they should. The media is selecting the weakest links with frivolous stories.

        These issues do not help any of the candidates involved. The media is more than aware of that and who they can get to talk. Cain disappointed me with this and Perry deserves a retraction. But, the media got out there what they wanted and to them it worked. There’s only one person I know that does not allow the media to do this.

        Wait for the next story, will the media stick to Perry bashing or move onto another candidate. I’m still waiting for the media to pull the Romney bashing, where is it?

  • Jack B. Erhart

    Any news of anyone holding WaPo accountable for their headline story?

  • Anonymous

    Cain has repeatedly stated that it is time to stop all the race baiting. He has called out Obama supporters on their use of the race card. Now, he is doing it, and his description of the difference between him and the other candidates is also disturbing, they are Ice Milk, I am Black Walnut. Here we go again!

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  • Anonymous

    The leftist laid a big pile of s#!t on the ground and Cain stepped right in the middle of it….

    He stepped somewhat softly but he is in it never the less.

  • David Boyes

    can anyone say … Sarah Palin ??

  • Anonymous

    No fan of Perry, but Cain response is that of a panderer, and Perry didn’t deserve that.

  • I’m beginning to wonder if Cain’s campaign has been hooking up with Romney’s in hopes of knocking Perry completely out of the race. I may be wrong, but this is another story with Karl Rove written all over it.

  • As I had already eliminated Perry from my potential candidates list this is a non-issue for me…a mere distraction from the political platforms I need to look into further.

  • Anonymous

    Race card now Mr Cain .Why? anyway the cowboy already done .

  • Anonymous

    Race card now Mr Cain .Why? anyway the cowboy already done .

  • “Again, I just wish that Cain had given Perry the benefit of the doubt. It saddens me that he didn’t.” lol why? Can you not handle the regular theater of modern political in fighting? you run a site called ‘the right scoop’ and you wish that a presidential candidate who is black would not use an ace in the hole bludgeoning tool (that perry had a nigger-head rock on his ranch) to try and defeat his opponent in a dual? Are you just extremely naive? Or do you think that everyone on the right should not point out racism when they rightfully see it? Are you one of those hilarious people who thinks racism doesn’t exist anymore? I’m seriously dumbfounded by your repeated hilarious complaints that Cain ‘didn’t go there’

    • Anonymous

      The where is to bs and the race card for political gain. The facts on the issue as they appear don’t warrant this kind of behavior. Basically, he called Perry a racist without having any facts just ammo. Reminiscent of the copy in mass. that “acted stupidly” as stated by the Bummer. And how did that prove out…

  • “Loose lips sink ships” (WWII slogan…appropriate to Cain’s response.

  • Anonymous

    This is the reason I won’t vote for him. It turns me off when they go on these propaganda networks, and trash their own party. When are they going to stop playing into the hands of these commies. Good grief. All of this over a name on a rock? Obama’s an accessory to murder in Fast and Furious. There are over 200 dead people, while he was framing Americans, and killed Americans, and we’re talking about a name on a rock. This is just sickening.

    Did he ever hear, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.” If you don’t like someone, you might be a racist, if you like someone, you might be a racist, if you say boo, you might be a racist, if you don’t say boo, you might be a racist, if you bought property with a name on a rock, you’re suddenly a racist.” I don’t give a damn who’s a racist and who isn’t anymore. I know Obama is a murderous thug. That’s what I care about. He is the one who orchestrated the murder of the Judge in AZ, and the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords. Him and his friend Ayers, and others recruited the mentally disturbed man to do this. They figured if they got him to do it, no one would believe a mentally disturbed man, if he implicated them.

  • Anonymous

    Texas Democrats Forcefully Defend Perry From WaPo Hatchet Job: “He Doesn’t Have a Racist Bone In His Body”…

    They just won’t learn about going on these shows. When will they understand the majority of people don’t watch the commie news, and don’t believe a word they say. If they continue to make Perry the enemy, I am more inclined to vote for him. It tells me they fear him. That makes him all the more attractive. He likes to shoot too. A big plus.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Cain but now I am already kinda sick of him. He’s not living up to the hype. I think he should stick to pizza.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Cain, Please direct your “fire” on Obama instead your fellow republicans. You don’t want to follow the fate of Michelle Bachman, do you

  • Anonymous

    Shame on Herman Cain and this interviewer for falling for the Washington Post race baiting story. I’ve read the entire story, and listened to this interview as well as the one Cain gave on Fox News when he was asked to comment on this issue. Everyone involved painted Rick Perry in a negative light. Shame on them.

    According to the story, the rock was seen by many people, none of whom did anything about it until Rick Perry and his dad got rid of the offensive word. And this was in 1983 or 1984, when they first leased the land. Who knows how long the rock had been there before the Perry’s began hunting in that location. And remember, this rock was on land they didn’t even own. It wasn’t the Perry’s responsibility, yet they were the only ones who showed good judgement and took action to correct a wrong. And what do they get for their troubles? They get slandered by Herman Cain and the media. I think Herman Cain owes Rick Perry an apology.

  • Ron

    Cain needs more seasoning.

  • The fact that Cain chose to play the race card automatically eliminates him from consideration as far as I am concerned. This is no different from Collin Powell’s betrayal of the Republican Party in voting for Obama because of his race.

    Cain is no conservative if he is willing to play the race card against a fellow conservative Republican and he is no conservative to have not better informed himself on the facts before he commented.

    Shame on Herman Cain and how sad that another candidate has eliminated himself from contention because he has betrayed his principles for his own personal political gain.

    This event also, unfortunately, reinforces my reticence in voting for a non-white. Apparently, no matter how conservative you claim to be, there remains a residual resentment among all African Americans against white people that is just waiting to come out.

    Obama is a racist, Powell proved himself to be a racist, and now Herman Cain has shown that same racist streak. NO THANKS!

  • I believe Herman Cain spoke what he believed. He doesn’t need you telling him how to tip-toe through the tulips.