Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. called for a vote condemning Texas Governor Rick Perry for hunting at the Family Camp allegedly known as Niggerhead. The House of Representatives voted that down, pretty much along a party line vote.
A few observations. While there is credible evidence that Governor Perry’s family purchased such the Camp, there is no evidence (other than allegations) that they allowed the name to be used. In fact, and I take the Governor at his word on this, his family painted over the offending name which had been written on a rock at the entrance to the compound. Moreover, there is no record of the Governor using that name or naming the place himself. He has correctly noted that the word is offensive and that he did not approve of its use.
Congressman Jackson did not demand, from what I read, that his father Jesse Jackson be condemned for calling New York City Hymietown.
Real racist conduct should be condemned. And people who shout racism for purely political grounds should also be condemned. Jesse Jackson, Jr. is awarded today’s shame award.