Reason # 43,743 that I am glad I don't even work (let alone LIVE) in Dallas County . . .
Dallas County meeting turns racial
A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and
bizarre this afternoon.
. . .
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
That prompted Judge Thomas Jones, who is black, to demand an apology from
Mayfield for his racially insensitive analogy.
Sigh. The fact John Wiley Price is a county commissioner for one of the largest metropolitan counties in the country is, at the very least, disturbing.
And Judge Jones is a posterboard for why one should be required to be admitted to the bar as a condition of eligibility to be a justice of the peace.
Mayfield responded to Price's bizarre rant this afternoon:
So, what's your take on what happened on Monday?
We were discussing the central collections unit, which wasn't doing a very good job. Some justices of the peace have worked for years to get things back to them, but things keep getting lost. And after I heard that, I said that the central collections agency is a black hole where things are being sent and not returned. Not a black hole, but a black hole. And then Price, as Price is wont to do, got upset. My take was that it was tongue-in-cheek. But if he's serious, then he has some problems. Not that he doesn't already have problems, but more than I thought.
He said, "Why don't we call it a white hole?" And then I said, "Or a pink hole." And Judge Jones, I know he's serious. He said, "I think the commissioner owes us an apology for making a racial insensitive remark." And I said, "Are you nuts? Don't you know what a black hole is?" Anyone who had a problem with what I said needs to go see a psychiatrist. They have some mental problems"
Yesterday, he told us you're a racist, even if you don't know it.
[Laughs] He's the biggest racist there is. And obviously he doesn't know it.