Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Republican presidential campaign found itself scurrying Sunday to limit potential damage from a Washington Post report that raised questions about racial insensitivity – to wit, that the entrance to the Perry family hunting camp was once marked by the word “Niggerhead” painted on a large rock.
The Perry team disputed facts in the Post story and said the word has long been removed.
It can be tricky for white Southern national candidates of a certain age (Perry is 61) to navigate the shoals of race, and this odd story is an example of that.
Fellow GOP contender Herman Cain, who is African American, jumped on Perry, calling him “insensitive” for his handling of the situation. “There isn’t a more vile, negative word than the ‘n word,’ and for him to leave it there as long as they did is just plain insensitive to a lot of black people in this country,” Cain said in a Fox News interview.