Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rick Perry's Nasty Rock

Perry says the rock was painted over long ago... his friends say different


From the Washington Post

At Rick Perry’s Texas hunting spot, camp’s old racially charged name lingered

By , Published: October 1

Paint Creek, Tex. — 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 rock was at the entrance we used in the 1980s,” he said. “We stopped using that entrance in the 1990s, and entered only by Watt Matthews’ ranch where there was a grass landing strip.”

Approaching from the western side, drivers would eventually reach a long, metal gate where the rock stood to the left.

“It just said ‘Niggerhead,’ ” said one person who said he saw the rock in the 1980s and did not want to be named, because he still lives in the area. “That’s all that was on it.”....more

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