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Rick Perry Rock Controversy: Jesse Jackson Jr. Demands Apology From Texas Governor

10/06/2011 04:01 pm ET | Updated Dec 06, 2011

The uproar over Rick Perry's family hunting camp name has reached legislative levels. Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D) introduced a resolution on Thursday demanding an apology from the Texas governor over a rock which bore the name 'Niggerhead.'

The Democratic congressman condemned Perry "for not immediately doing away with the rock that contained the word 'Niggerhead' at the entrance of a ranch he was leasing." He called use of the racial slur "totally offensive and inappropriate at anytime and anyplace in United States history." The resolution also asked the GOP candidate reveal the names of all friends, lawmakers and financial supporters he has taken to the ranch.

Unfortunately for Jackson, the House blocked consideration of the resolution on procedural grounds, reports the Washington Post.

Jackson read the resolution aloud in full on the House floor Thursday morning. Watch the video here.

In commenting on the controversy, Perry told the Washington Post 'Niggerhead' was an "offensive name that has no place in the modern world," and said it was blotted out with paint as soon as his father leased the property. But as the Washington Post reports, recollections from visitors to the ranch contradict that statement.

Perry has pushed back against the report.

"I think there were some very much and strong inconsistencies and just infactual [sic] information that was in that story," he told Fox News. "I know for a fact in 1984 that rock was painted over."

The resolution notes that of all the presidential aspirants, only Herman Cain, the sole African-American in the race for the GOP nomination, has spoken out harshly against the use of the word, calling it "insensitive."

In an interview this past week with "Fox News Sunday," Cain said: "There isn't a more vile, negative word than the 'n word,' and for him to leave it there as long as they did is just plain insensitive to a lot of black people in this country."

However, after being attacked by some on the right, Cain distanced himself from his comments. "I really don't care about that word," he said. "They painted over it. End of story! I accept Gov. Perry's response on that."

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney also addressed the scandal, telling Sean Hannity on Monday that he found the camp's name "inappropriate."

The resolution encouraged the rest of the GOP field to speak out with "strong statements of moral outrage" over the rock.

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