At Least You Know What a Black Hole Is

As The Dallas Morning News reports:

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.”

Nor, apparently, common sense.

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  1. elmu says:

    Bizarre indeed. Very bizarre. Kind of comical though. At least, it made me chuckle.

  2. bob ewegen says:

    who used the completely nonracial word “niggardly” and was almost fired for it.

  3. Arvadonian says:

    another example of how horrible science education in this country is.

  4. Car 31 says:

    Giant atom smasher in Europe could develop black holes that suck up Earth.  

    That’s a black hole worthy of news.

    All I know is I’m going to be very pissed if that is the way I leave this world.

  5. Lame-o Jame-o says:

    How stupid can people get?

    No event horizon, no peace!

    • parsingreality says:

      ..have jobs of responsibility and receive paychecks.

      Just a few days ago I watched on the city TV channel (yes, my life is that sad)the black commissioner try to make a racial angle out of a zoning pilot project.  His daughter and boyfriend live in the neighborhood in question and he said that they should have the right to park their cars in the yard because “they are both fat.”  

      Then he walked out of the meeting and didn’t return for the evening.


  6. Miss Ive says:

    How many times have you heard the insensitive and inappropriate term “white elephant”?

  7. Half Glass Full says:

    A friend of mine a couple of years ago was at a business meeting where he referred to the “black humor” of a certain problem. A recent immigrant from Nigeria took offense until someone else explained the term…

    Barack Obama’s campaign seems to be white-hot right now…

    I hope electing Obama will help defuse a lot of this nonsense. (One of many other good reasons to elect him.)

    • "The Blonde" says:

      Cries of racism in America will only increase as Obama’s campaign gets into full swing.  The Dems will be looking for racists under every syllable.  Every news anchor every political commentator will have to chose his or her words carefully as the racist police will be closely monitoring every word for hints of racism.

      The race baiters’ own ignorance will falsely accuse many people in the months to come.

      That is what we get for focusing on our differences in the great salad bowl of America and melting the melting pot!

      • parsingreality says:

        Please don’t hit me.  I agree with “The Blonde.”

          • parsingreality says:

            While patriotism may be the last refuge of the scoundrel, charges of racism are the first line of polemics when facts stand in the way of the one making the charge.

            When I worked at the Brown Palace-Comfot Inn on several New Years evenings, we had a strict policy of guests only in the rooms, no guests of guests.  Standing at the elevators, only key card holders could go up.

            Several times when I told “a person of color” that they could not get on the elevator, I was told “You’re only doing this because I am black.”  

            Yeah, just like the white people I told and everyone else of every shade and stripe.  

        • bob ewegen says:

          Agreeing with The Blonde is its own punishment!

      • ekean says:

        Maybe it wouldnt be so bad if people really started paying attention to what they are saying.  maybe we will see a shift towards a less racist society if people (fox news) finally get called on some of the things they say.

        ( I am not saying that our society has a huge racism problem, simply that we can always improve)

  8. DavidThi808 says:

    speaking as a physics major, its a “black” hole because no light escapes and therefore it is visibly black due to no light

  9. One Queer Dude says:

    …when Jerry was dating an ethnically-sensitive Native American woman.  Jerry was trying to convey to her his disapproval of someone giving something away and then demanding it back without using a particular term…

  10. Canines says:

    John Wiley Price — the black commissioner who replied, “Excuse me!” and then referred to the office as a “white hole” — lacks scientific knowledge. Could be he’s attempting to be provocative or “thought provoking.” Indeed, Price sounds like someone who objects to terms like “blacklist” or “black magic” — since, as phrases, they imply that black is a negative quality.

    Why do I suspect that?

    From the bio on his web site:

    For twelve years, he also hosted KKDA’s “Talk Back, Liberation Radio”. He continues to be the ‘voice of the people’; taking audiences to a higher level of awareness as the radio host of the “Liberation Nation” heard each Thursday morning on KNON 89.3 FM.

    Goodness gracious: a “higher level of awareness,” indeed.  

    • bob ewegen says:

      to refute the notion that he “lacks scientific knowledge.”

      Isn’t that like using the fact that a woman has had 12 pregnancies to refute the notion that she is “no longer a virgin?”

      • Canines says:

        If I had been refuting the notion, I would have presented hard evidence (perhaps report cards or test scores) that he does in fact grasp some scientific knowledge and that it’s not just a hypothesis of mine. And I’d be willing to let independent analysis confirm it.

        Personally, I’m willing to let him have the benefit of the doubt that he does have some scientific knowledge — and yet still happens to be a radio talk show host (albeit a racially-sensitive one to the extreme).  

      • ThillyWabbit says:

        It could have been 12 immaculate conceptions. Who knows?

  11. GoBuffs says:

    …that we forgot to mention the “theory” of black holes.

    And you know, science.

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