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More questions over Rick Perry’s racism

By DOUG THOMPSON
October 5, 2011

(Photo courtesy of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles)

Many Americans believe symbols of the Confederacy represent a shameful period in the nation’s history that are best left in the past.

Texas Governor and GOP Presidential contender Rick Perry is not one of them.

Perry, throughout his political life, has defended public displays of the Confederate flag and other such symbols in Texas, saying “Texans should never forget our history.”

While defense of the Confederate stars and bars may play well south of the Mason-Dixon line, clinging to a past that supported slavery is usually the kiss of death in the rest of the country.

But that was before the election of America’s first African-American president triggered a resurgence of racism in this country and prompted the rise of hate-driven movements like the tea party.

Still, questions of racism increasingly dog Perry’s flagging campaign for President. The one-time GOP frontrunner is dropping in the polls as his past embraces of racist acts emerge.

Perry came under fire over the weekend for the name of his family’s former hunting camp — once called “Niggerhead.”

As lieutenant governor, Perry fought against efforts to remove two bronze plagues with symbols of the Confederacy from display in the Texas Supreme Court building.

Perry has often supported efforts by the Sons of Confederate Veterans to use state buildings and other taxpayer-supported venues to display signs of the Confederacy.  The organization’s latest effort is to have the state issue special license plates displaying the Confederate battle flag.

In 2007, Perry honored the memory of former Texas governor Lawrence Sullivan Ross, a confederate soldier charged with overseeing the murder of black prisoners of war in Mississippi.

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4 Responses to More questions over Rick Perry’s racism

  1. woody188

    October 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    It is said one third of the United States “Founding Fathers” were slave owners. Should we not honor George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Henry Lee, Patrick Henry, and James Monroe?

    Were they not racist? Did they own white slaves?

    Washington went so far as to steal the teeth from his slaves to make his own dentures. This was considered normal?

    Point being it’s hard to honor those that laid the foundation of our country without honoring a racist here and there. We are all human, none perfect. It doesn’t appear that Perry was honoring anyone because of their racism, but in spite of it. Not that it would matter in politics.

    Personally, I never liked Perry.

    • Almandine

      October 5, 2011 at 8:21 pm

      A strange comment Woody… hardly worthy of your usual fare.

      All Texans I know have a strong sense of history – mostly Texas history – but to compare the founders, who were in the midst of institutionalized slavery with Rick Perry is a stretch, to say the least.

      I don’t like him either.

      • griff

        October 5, 2011 at 10:19 pm

        There are plenty of reasons not to like him for political reasons alone, but the media of course needs to keep things emotional and irrelevant, reallly.

        Is he going to re-introduce slavery or some thing? Ha.

        And Obama isn’t racist as well? Yeah, right…Or should I say, yeah…Left?

        Even blacks are pissed at Obama. Blacks registewred and voted in record numbers last election.

        Racially motivated? One of them? Surely not a chance…

        • Almandine

          October 5, 2011 at 11:32 pm

          No doubt.