Skip to comments.Jon Stewart’s Guide to the 100 Other Places in the U.S. Named ‘Niggerhead’
Posted on 10/04/2011 9:37:40 PM PDT by lbryce
The revelation yesterday that a West Texas hunting camp used by the family of Rick Perry was named "Niggerhead" drew widespread outrage. The name is terribly offensive, of course, but is it also rare? That was the question on Jon Stewart's mind tonight during a Daily Show segment featuring Wyatt Cenac "on location" near New York's recently renamed "Nigger Lake."
Related: New York State Gets Around to Renaming "Nigger Lake"
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This is the plant which grows in TX, OK, and KS and which we grew up calling "niggerhead" 60 years ago.
I'd be willing to bet that Perry's hunting lease was named after this prolific plant. This picture is from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
maybe this will enable us all to get over the whole nigger thing once and for all.
And what do you call them today?
That plant was called that my whole life growing up in Kansas...The whole Perry story is right out of the Onion...
The "niggerhead" name apparently refers to the seed head once the petals are gone.
The only time in my life I ever heard the word “niggerhead” was years ago in reference to some big rocks in a field. Sounds like this is the case at Perry’s hunting camp,also.
How come nobody has mentioned Brazil nuts?
What does everyone call brazil nuts? We call them niggertoes...even my black friends call them that.
I think it is funny that the phony hit piece on Perry from our friends at WaPo is now a laughingstock. These names are everywhere and to numerous to list. No one cares.
I call them the same name.
negerkusse - name of a cookie they had at the German markets in the early 70’s (seen as a SP4 in the 14th Cav)
although this means “Negro’s kiss” not “Negro’s head”
I've never heard the "blackeyed susan" called a "niggerhead" and remember it as a separate plant. Plus the scientific names are different:
Blackeyed Susan - rudbeckia hirta var. agnustifolia
Niggerhead - Asteraceae Gaillardia suavis
To quote an American general from WW2: Nüsse!
One afternoon I was sent to fix the VHF radio antenna for the Nuttall Styris company in downtown San Diego. As I was wrapping up, a fisherman came to the parts counter. He needed a new niggerhead for his boat. A black salesman came to the counter to serve him. The poor guy stammered and tried every way imaginable to ask for the product without using the colloquial name. Finally, the salesman exclaimed, "Oh, you want a niggerhead". The fisherman looked very relieved. He simply couldn't bring himself to use the phrase. BTW, the fisherman was white.
A similar situation occurred some weeks later at the office. We had cans of small diameter rope soaked in gooey asphalt for the purpose of sealing deck flanges. The common term for the product at the office was "monkey shit". Somebody took the last can from the stockroom and left the purchasing agent flummoxed. I need to order 10 cans of "monkey shit", but I have no idea what the real name is.".
niggerhead oysters, very famous for the beautiful bright graphics on the label. For lovers of things vintage. GRAPHICS on the label. :)
Here it is with the petals. They are sparce and don't last long leaving a ball which is rock hard. You can see how it got it's common name. My research says they are "fragrant" but I don't remember them having any smell.
Yes, I remember the incident quite clearly. Adding an extra “g” to Niger’s name was no mere accident.
That is what I always called them as well. I am from Texas and my husband who is from California also called them that
It’s ok—it’s in NY. They’re much more enlightened up there.
Reading through this thread made me laugh. I have those flowers in my yard. I had no idea my garden was racist, and that the n word was so commonly used.
OT, but you just reminded me that the upcoming Christmas season requires some pfeffernüsse. Yum!
means eggplant in italian - not sure on the spelling or correct pronunciation
Think about it. In context.
I used to swim at Nigger Beach in Lee County, Florida. It was on the left just before the causeway leading to Sanibel Island.
Here in the UK the word ‘Nigger’ was commonly used, particularly by older folks up until quite recently. My grandmother was the sweetest, kindest old lady you could wish to meet and would regularly use the term ‘Nigger Brown’ to describe a colour without the slightest intention to offend.
Likewise in films of the forties and fifties:
I once saw a bar called “Limey’s” in the US so as you can imagine I was outraged and demanded it was immediately renamed “White Anglo-saxon Celtics” bar. . . . . :D
This story is nothing but fecal waste.
The Democrats know about fecal waste.
The more you stir it the worse it stinks. So they keep stirring.
Typical Democrat stunt, to have a racist in the White House and accuse someone else of being racist.
You know, some folks have Proutian moments biting into a beloved cookie. Others, it’s thinking back on the many usages of the word nigger.
Kinda brings a tear to my eye.
It is out of character for him to come out on the side of Republicans, ridicule, impugn the Democrats on any issue as he did here. I suspect “Nigger Lake” was too good of a story to ignore, conjured up the Guide to the 100 Other Places in the U.S. Named Niggerhead as a segway into the story.
But also note that he finished by taking on his favorite target, Gretchen Carlson, and making her out to be a hypocritical airhead again. Not that she doesn’t provide him with the ammunition.
What was your name for them?
Do I detect sarcasm?
For me it's not the many usages of the word but the memories of pulling these plants and playing a game of chase with my brothers as we tried to bonk each other on the head.
We were blessed to have had a happy childhood.
I am very proud to be niggardly and I am hopefull that it will lead to my ability to bring much gayness to others.
Yes, that was sarcasm.
Proust’s madelaine, Freeper Texans’ niggerheads and nigger oysters.
Both quite delightful, I’m sure.
“niggerhead oysters, very famous for the beautiful bright graphics on the label. For lovers of things vintage. GRAPHICS on the label. :)”
I was about to post about those. I consumed many cans of that stuff back in the early 1960’s. The graphic was no more offensive than Aunt Jemima or the negro cook on Creme of Wheat boxes.
I grew up going to Sambo’s to eat. I still have the book Little Black Sambo’s. Never even thought of racism as a kid.