Sunday, October 2, 2011
This charming bit of Texas lore comes courtesy of the Washington Post:
In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters to his family’s secluded West Texas hunting ranch, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance: Niggerhead, it read.
According to ranchers who once grazed cattle on the 1,070-acre parcel on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River called it by that name well before Perry and his father, Ray, began hunting there in the early 1980s.
But here’s the take away. The Perry family did not change the name, Niggerhead, for years after it became associated with Rick Perry, first as a private citizen, then as a state official and finally as Texas governor. In fact, as recently as this summer, on the slab-like rock lying flat, the name is still faintly visible beneath a coat of white paint, remains by the gated entrance to the compound.