Could rock hinder Perry’s campaign?

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A rock is a rock is a rock. This mundane issue should not  be making headlines.

For those unaware of the rock in question, congratulations – it must be nice to ignore the pointless political attacks that occur during election cycles.

The fact remains, however, that many mainstream media outlets are using this virtually invisible issue to garner hatred toward presidential hopeful and    Texas Governer Rick Perry.

Perry has a hunting spot in Texas at an old campground where he used to take friends, other legislators and campaign donors on hunting trips.

The camp, which used to be known by the racially insensitive name N_____head, a rock at the entrance to the site bore the name and gave birth to the issue.

Perry’s parents leased the land for hunting before he ever did, so it is definitely not his fault that this was the location they happened to choose for hunting.

The offensive word was extremely insensitive – no question about it. However, Perry did not paint the word on the rock. It was at the camp before his parents started using the land.

Rick Perry, Republican  presidential  candidate for the 2012 election, delivers a speech.  MCT Campus.

Rick Perry, Republican presidential candidate for the 2012 election, delivers a speech. MCT Campus.

In fact, his parents were the ones responsible for painting over the word after it was brought to their attention by the governor. The rock was then flipped over to further hide the abomination from sight.

Perry could not change the circumstances in this situation, but he had the rock painted over to cover up the offensive word. The only people making a big deal about this issue are the media elites who are trying to – once again – paint a southern presidential candidate as being racially insensitive.

Every little issue that comes up over the next year will be nitpicked to no end by these media big shots, not only because they have nothing better to do, but because they want to slant the news against conservatives in order to tip the scales in the favor of their hero who can do no wrong.

According to the Huffington Post online, “Perry’s trouble with the subject of race has flared up from time to time since he first won statewide office as Texas’ agriculture commissioner in 1990.”

He is no stranger to these allegations. However, they keep coming from the media.

Perry’s fellow Republican opponents are not even addressing this issue. It would be in vain. They know better than to use something pointless like this as ammunition against their competitor. So why don’t the media moguls know it?

Author: Garrett Pekar

Garrett is a sophomore mass communication/journalism major from Granger, Texas. He is the opinions page editor for The Bells. Garrett is also an RA in McLane Hall as well as member of the men’s tennis team. His hobbies include spending quality time with friends and family, listening to music and playing some of his own on the guitar.

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