We think we literally broke the internet radio with this topic…we had so many chatters and callers on our show there was a system overload! We were at the Kitchen Table talking about RACISM. Yep, we went there because it’s out there – we can try and paint over it, but sometimes a rock gets turned over and dirt gets uncovered…oopsy. The big story today is about the rock at the entrance to some hunting land that GOP candidate Rick Perry’s family leased in Texas in the 80′s. The land was literally marked with a rock that had “N— Head” painted on it. The story broke in the Washington Post over the weekend. But, there’s another story on ABC that the Perry camp is denying it. So, we’re chatting about it because there are lots of lessons for our KID-Os today. Click here to listen in and let us know what you think MAMAS?! Has Perry hit rock bottom? Or, will we find out he did the heavy lifting when faced with this racial slur and removed it from the property?
MOMism: ”Leave no stone left unturned.” We teach our KID-Os to find out the truth. Turn over every rock and find cool stuff…or a bunch of dirt…but, the point is to look. This lesson is true in life and in politics. So, MAMAs, do you think the rock in question is going to sink Perry’s poll numbers? Or, can this issue simply be painted over by digging further? How are you teaching your KID-Os tolerance? What would you say if they ever heard the N-word?! Let us know your opinion MAMAs!
I think this is a huge "non-story." Or at least it should be. If this affects Perry's poll numbers, I'll be more convinced than ever that Americans are getting stupider and stupider! I have taught my children tolerance by showing them a good example in myself. They know that they are responsible for their actions – good and bad. They also know that they are usually NOT responsible for others' actions – good or bad.
I don't think we have heard the whole story yet. And the latest I heard was that this happened 20 years ago. Has anyone reading this changed their mind about something in the last 20 years?? Assuming they had some prejudices in the first place? Which we don't know. I'm a bit peeved about this until I hear the whole story. AND, should we be discussing something we don't have all the facts on?
Hi Red Hat Granny – Long time, no chat! I agree with you on passing judgement on Rick Perry, but there are still lessons from the controversy…one being EXACTLY what you said about long held prejudice!! We need to talk about the fact that racism is still an issue – maybe not blatantly on the surface anymore, but if places are named after the "N" word in the 80s, that's still too recent. Another being maybe he actually did the honorable thing and got rid of the rock and should be praised for doing the heavy lifting? So, we shouldn't pass judgement until we dig up the truth!!!
prejudice. It's still around and it shouldn't be. This is another area where we do not know the truth! I have been researching about Black and White after reading Randy Alcorn's book, "Dominion". I could not hardly believe what he was saying (the book is fictional), so started researching it. Is is amazing. We always think the first people on earth were white…..research says not so! When I finish, I'm gonna spread it around…. wow …. what a secret kept thousands of years! (BTW, I am White)
I think the lessons on the show were good ones! The word is offensive, but there is a generational learning going on. It's not just politically incorrect, it's bad manners!!! Hopefully, Rick Perry is on the right side of this issue and actually did the heavy lifting. I'll wait to pass judgement on him when all the facts come out…as far as the lessons though, I agree with the MAMAS…racism is still an issue, but it's a learned behavior. Hopefully, we are teaching our kids tolerance and manners. There are words that are on another level altogether – the "N" word is one of those words that shouldn't ever be uttered or painted onto a stone. It's not acceptable in any way, we are better than that and our kids need to understand that.