First it was The Washington Post who brought back race into the spotlight when it reported on Sunday the following about Perry's family ranch:
In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his family’s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance.
“Niggerhead,” it read.
The report led to comments from fellow Republican candidate Herman Cain, who went on ABC's "This Week" and criticized Perry, to the point that he used the word found on Perry's ranch.
"Since Gov. Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off of that rock and renaming the place. Yes, it was painted over, but how long ago was it painted over? So I'm still saying that it is a sign of insensitivity.
Which leads us to conclude: no matter how you justify it, words will still hurt. Perry can give all the spin and non-answers he wants, the fact remains that the rock was there, and good for Cain to call him out, although Cain's comments will be seen as political instead of being real. It has been interesting (and sad) to see how nasty words can get, especially on our YouTube pages. But indeed words hurt, and we agree with Whoopi on this one, you HAVE to talk about this because Louie C K is right, by tip-toeing around it, it still is the elephant in the room.
Hopefully, Perry will give a better answer for all this, but who knows?