The racially charged name of Governor Rick Perry's West Texas hunting ranch has caused a nationwide outcry, spurring harsh rhetoric from African American leaders like Rev. Al Sharpton and Herman Cain.
“At worst, he either thought it was something he could identify with and even have some bit of irony,” Sharpton said of N----rhead ranch to POLITICO. “At best, he’s insensitive. How can someone who would seek the highest office in the land be so insensitive to the implications of that name?”
Cain, the only African American running for the Republican nomination, was also troubled by the news that the 1,000 acre farm had the slur painted on rock at its entrance.
My reaction is that is very insensitive, Cain said on ABC's This Week.
Since Gov. Perry has been going there for years to hunt, I think that it shows a lack of sensitivity for a long time of not taking that word off that rock and renaming the place. It's just basically a case of insensitivity.
And now that the news has gone national, and likely tarnished Perry's presidential run, Comedy Central's tag team of political satirists have picked up the story. Much to viewers delight, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show and Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report made light of the name on their respective shows.
Stewart pointed out the absurdity of the story, which just now broke even though Perry has served 11 years as the governor of Texas. Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac also did a report from N----r Lake, New York, which is a real lake upstate recently discovered and then renamed. He also claims there have been over 100 places named N----rhead in all of the United States.
Colbert, using his ironic conservatism, took the opposite stance of both Stewart and Cain and said that the name really wasn't all that bad.
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