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Dallas County officials spar over ‘black hole’ comment

A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon.

County 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.”

Other county officials quickly interceded to break it up and get the meeting back on track. TV news cameras were rolling, after all.  From the Dallas News City Hall Blog

Dallas County — your tax dollars at work. 

I have to add Rush’s comments:

RUSH: Do you remember, time flies here, but a number of years ago in Washington, DC, at the city council, whatever they call it there, there was an uproar during a meeting because somebody used the word niggardly to describe the spending habits of the town council.  The race industry in this country blew up and this guy got fired!  Now, if you look up niggardly, it means miserly.  It means you’re a tightwad.  But niggardly was eradicated from the language. 

Now, from Dallas: “A special meeting about Dallas County traffic tickets turned tense and bizarre this afternoon. County 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.”  This is just amazing.  Do you know what a black hole is?  A black hole is a star we can’t see because there’s so much mass, so much gravity, not even light can escape it.  The only thing that’s been known to escape it is the USS enterprise, captained by William Shatner.  Other than that, nothing’s ever gotten out of one.  A black hole is nothingness.  So when a bunch of papers get thrown away that nobody can find, it’s a black hole.  This guy was forced by a judge to apologize for the racial insensitivity.  So we’ve gone from “yuck” when your kid doesn’t like Chinese food, to a black hole now being racist. 

Even my nine year old son can tell you what a “black hole” is….

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July 9, 2008 - Posted by | Moonbats | , ,

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