In one of the strangest reactions to Rick Perry’s “Niggerhead” Ranch fiasco, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain finds himself under attack.
Over the weekend Cain spoke out against the offensive name of Perry’s ranch. In an interview with Fox News, Cain said: “There isn’t a more vile, negative word than the N-word, and for him to leave it there as long as he did, until before, I hear, they finally painted over it, is just plain insensitive to a lot of black people in this country.”
Since speaking out, however, Cain–not Perry–has come under fire from the GOP. Right-wing radio host Rush Limbaugh accused Cain of attempting to “capitalize” off of the story.
Limbaugh told listeners:
I’m gonna tell you, this is really disappointing to me. Herman Cain. I liked Herman Cain — like Herman Cain. The Washington Post has it as a Macaca story about Rick Perry. Apparently back when Rick Perry was a Democrat… There’s this woman at the Washington Post who’s written a story that, with traditional journalism, wouldn’t even pass the first review by an editor. But apparently back in the eighties when Perry was a Democrat, he and his dad would go hunting at someplace and there is a rock that had the N-word on it that somebody had painted over.
They’re trying to say that Perry’s a racist, and Herman Cain has jumped in and basically joined that chorus — and it is absurd. It’s painted over and they tried to paint cover it up and then they eventually turned it over so people wouldn’t see it.
Interestingly enough, none of Perry’s other competitors spoke out against the offensive name of his ranch. And after Cain received harsh criticism from the Republican establishment, he changed his tune, telling reporters: “I am not attacking Governor Perry. Some people in the media want to attack him. I’m done with that issue.”
Although Perry has denounced the n-word as offensive and “out of place in the modern world,” many are wondering why he isn’t receiving more scrutiny.
When President Obama’s affiliation with Rev. Wright was revealed, many on the Right pressed then-Senator Obama to speak out against Rev. Wright’s more militant views. Obama went on to give one of his most important speeches on race in the U.S. I’d wager the silence from the GOP about Perry’s ranch speaks to his party’s inclusion of those who hold antiquated attitudes about race in America.