Tuesday, July 08, 2008

TNB Texas Style: Hypersensitive, Ignorant Black Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price Chimps Out Over Use Of The Term "Black Hole"

The Dallas Morning News reports that a black county commissioner took exception to the use of the term "black hole" by a white county commissioner.

On Monday July 7th, the Dallas County Commission was holding a special meeting about traffic tickets in Dallas County, Texas. The commissioners were discussing problems with the central collections office that is used to process traffic ticket payments and handle other paperwork normally done by the JP Courts.

Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said it seemed that central collections "has become a black hole" because paperwork reportedly has become lost in the office. Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is black, interrupted him with a loud "Excuse me!" He then corrected his colleague, saying the office has become a "white hole." That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.

Mayfield shot back that it was a figure of speech and a science term. A black hole, according to Webster's, is perhaps "the invisible remains of a collapsed star, with an intense gravitational field from which neither light nor matter can escape." Neither Price nor Jones apologized to Mayfield for trying to create a racial incident.

Other county officials quickly interceded to break it up and get the meeting back on track. On July 8th, the Dallas Observer followed up on the story. They got this response from Price:

"It is typical Mayfield. The problem is in the language. While he tried to lateral to the scientific term of a black hole, our problem is that we understand language, and it's negative and racist. Judge [Thomas] Jones took real offense. We almost simultaneously picked up on what we called the idiom. Can't do that in terms of the language. He could have said 'a sinkhole,' he could have said anything, but it was typical Mayfield style. That is what we expect."

Ed. Note: Well, excuse us for not knowing in advance that you would take offense to the term "black hole". Every time we turn around, you people take offense to another word in standard usage. Why don't you give us a full list of ALL the words you find offensive, and get it over with. But you won't - because you'll forfeit a means of leverage and blackmail you have against us whites. Yet you blacks have the audacity to ask us whites why we move away from you, and why we don't want your feral brats in our schools.

When the Observer asked whether he [Pride] took the term as "a racial pejorative," Price said, Yes.

"Given Mayfield, it just ... you just kind of expect him to have that kind of response. He is racist and doesn’t know it. Maybe he does know it. I haven’t quite figured out whether he knows it or not. I said it immediately: 'Why not a white hole?' And when I said, 'white hole,' Mayfield said, 'OK, then, a pink hole?' That is when Jones said he wasn’t going to sit here, he wanted an apology, they began to carry the discussion that way. I said, 'It’s a white hole and let's move it on.'"

And John Wiley Price may be facing some legal problems in the future. Pegasus News tells us that Price is now under scrutiny for possibly violating a Texas state law prohibiting undue influence by commissioners courts in employee hiring. This could be in association with the recent "resignation" of Dallas Public Defender Brad Lollar.

Yet somehow, Price keeps getting re-elected. He is currently in the midst of his sixth four-year term as a county commissioner. He openly advertises himself as placing African-Americans first. Imagine the reaction if a white county commissioner advertised himself to put White Americans first.

Hat tip to the Whitelandia Forum for alerting me to this story.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You can send fruit baskets, esp. bananas to his county office at

District 3
1506 E. Langdon Rd
Dallas, Texas 75216

Phone (214) 653-6671
Fax (214) 653-7057

woody