October 2, 2011

Ain't No 'Niggerhead' Presidential Candidate Worthy of Our Vote; Rick Perry Should Seek to Eliminate the N-Word!

I 'spose that Herman Cain will think that I'm 'brainwashed' for thinking that its not cool for a presidential candidate to bring his family to a vacation lodge known by the locals as 'Niggerhead'. The Washington Post reported the following:
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. There is no definitive account of when the rock first appeared on the property. In an earlier time, the name on the rock was often given to mountains and creeks and rock outcroppings across the country. Over the years, civil rights groups and government agencies have had some success changing those and other racially offensive names that dotted the nation’s maps.

But the name of this particular parcel did not change for years after it became associated with Rick Perry, first as a private citizen, then as a state official and finally as Texas governor. Some locals still call it that. As recently as this summer, the slablike rock — lying flat, the name still faintly visible beneath a coat of white paint — remained by the gated entrance to the camp.
Not cool. I don't want the leader of my nation to be so insensitive to the impact of the N-Word on African Americans. Even Herman Cain realizes that there is absolutely no place in the White House for a man who feels comfortable hunting and relaxing at a place known by that name.

Rick Perry should join us in working to eliminate the 'N-Word'.

3 comments:

Aaron + Alaine said...

I think we need to stop supporting people making bank using that terminology in our community first. We might be more credible jumping on Perry for what other people call this place.

Villager said...

Aaron - I think that DL Hughley and others that use the N-word for entertainment or lyrics are wrong as well...

Francis L. Holland said...

It's a shame, but there's not much difference between naming a forest "N-head" and naming a Washington football team, "The Redskins." The differences between these behaviors in these two circumstances are too small to be worth trying to parse and describe.

However, American society is much more attuned to the fact that using the "N" word is facially color-aroused and constitutes an act of color-aroused animosity, when white people use it, and particularly when they use it blithely, as if they think no one (important enough to be considered) will be offended by it.

It seems clear from the reporting that for a number of years Governor Perry told his friends and supporters, "Let's meet up at "N-head." This is an example of extreme color-aroused disorder. You can see that it is by the amount of blowback he's now receiving and the risk that it could end his political career, as the maccaca (sp?) epithet ended Goerge Allen(sp?)'s senatorial aspirations and perhaps his public political career.

Two of the problems with the word and use of the term "racism" are that:

(1) we immediately start asking whether a particular act constitutes "racism," which reflects our lack of a clear and commonly understood definition of "racism", and

(2) once we decide that an act constitutes "racism," then we feel obliged to take yet another step and decide if someone "is" a "racist."

If an act or acts of color-aroused antagonism end your political career then that is a strong indication that the act or acts of color-aroused antagonism are "severe" in nature.

If you lose your job because of an act of color-aroused antagonism, then that, too, is an indication that the color-aroused antagonism is "severe" enough to be affecting your career in a very negative way.

We should decide what constitutes "severe" color-aroused ideation, emotion and behavior disorder by examining the circumstances to determine the degree to which the symptoms are impairing the individual in important areas of life, e.g. public perception, social standing, economic standing, work history and present work efforts, and political careers.

By that standard, it's clear that Governor Perry presently has a difficulty with color-aroused antagonism (whether he knows it or not), and if the extreme behavior continues for six months or more then he is a color-aroused antagonist whose extreme qualities of behavior make him diagnosable with Extreme Color Aroused Disorder (ECAD).

Contrary to what many people believe, there really is nothing wrong with bringing the scientific process into the area once called "racism." It doesn't hurt us to look at things in a consistently methodical and objective way.

It is true, however, that many people WANT to be carried along by their unguided emotions, and those people should not be in a position to judge what constitutes Extreme Color Aroused Disorder (ECAD). People like that simply lack the intellectual rigor that is required to participate usefully in any discussion of Extreme Color-Aroused Disorder (ECAD).