Politics

Another Rick Perry Race Flap: Supported Confederate Symbols

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Fresh off the "N****rhead" rock scandal, presidential candidate Rick Perry is now facing another racial controversy: he apparently once supported Confederate symbols in Texas.

The Associated Press reports that during the Confederate flag battles in the South in the early 2000s, Perry resisted efforts to remove two brass plaques that featured the flag at the state's Supreme Court building.

When the NAACP tried to get the plaques remove, Perry, then the state's lieutenant governor, wrote to the Sons of the Confederacy, in a letter obtained by the AP:

Although this is an emotional issue, I want you to know that I oppose efforts to remove Confederate monuments, plaques and memorials from public property.

I also believe that communities should decide whether statues or other memorials are appropriate for their community. I believe that Texans should remember the past and learn from it.

We should never forget our history, but dwelling on the 19th century takes needed attention away from our future in the 21st century.

Then-Gov. George Bush, who was running for president at the time, initially supported the plaques but ultimately agreed to remove them.

The Perry campaign did not return calls from the AP for comment.

On Sunday The Washington Post ran a front page story accusing Perry of using a hunting camp in the 1980s that had the work "N****rhead" painted on a rock at its entrance. Perry said his father painted over the racist word when he leased it.