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."
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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.
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