Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain criticized the name of a hunting camp once leased by Gov. Rick Perry's family as "just plain insensitive" in an appearance on Fox News Sunday.
The name of the camp — "Niggerhead" — is said to be painted on a rock at the entrance of the property. Perry had been hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at the ranch early in his career. He claims the offensive phrase has been painted over but various sources differ on when that was done and The Washington Post reports that the name can still be seen through the paint.
"My reaction is, that's just very insensitive," Cain told Fox. "[There] isn't a more vile, negative word than the N-word, and for him to leave it there as long as he did, before I hear that they finally painted over it, is just plain insensitive to a lot of Black people in this country."
Longtime hunters, cowboys and ranchers said the place was known by the name as long as they could remember. The name on the rock was also given to mountains, creeks and rock outcroppings across the country in earlier time...um, ok.
Cain is certainly a tell it like it is individual but surely, he can't be surprised by this. Hopefully he isn't. The last thing we need is a front runner for president who is delusional about passive (and sometimes blatant) aggressive racism in the U.S.