Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
I live near the Appalachian Mountains in the SE US. Many, many natural features have former names that contain racial epitaphs for Native Americans and Blacks. Of course, the names have been changed to more politically-correct names on maps and in literature, but they are still called by their former names locally - especially by long-time residences.
Changing the name on a map does not change it in the minds of those who knew the name before the change. When they die out, so will the offensive names. In Perry's case, it would have helped considerably if the rock had been painted over in the 1960s (when most such names were dropped) instead of the 1980s. It would have fallen out of use by now and we wouldn't be discussing it now.
So the offensive word was painted over and then the rock turned over when Perry's father joined the lease. I just don't see the problem here except for partisans hoping to smear Perry.
On the one hand, I think accusations of racism regarding this load of tripe are a complete waste of time, and Cain is obviously not the kind of candidate I want to see win the race.
On the other hand, if Perry is such an idiot that he wasn't prepared for this then I don't want him in the White House either.
I'm voting for entertainment value, but I draw the line at outright dumb.
I suppose nobody cares.....?
Nah, nobody cares. Typical "Gotcha" politics.Niggerhead: an antiquaited logging and trucking term used to define a large round rock or outcropping of rocks usually on an unpaved road bed that could damage a vehicle.
I will say this: "The guy's too stupid to be president if that name is currently visible."
Thank you, Quazi!
That, or if the name wasn't definitively painted over in 1983, as is being claimed now.
I dislike Perry, but this is a non issue. It's painted over. He said the right thing. Some group trying to build a racism card.