Two black officials, including Dallas County, Texas Commissioner John Wiley Price, took issue with white Commissioner, Kenneth Mayfield, when he said, “Central Collections has become a black hole.” Price and the other official assert that a term like “black hole” is racist and unacceptable language, and demanded an apology.
Mayfield said he was speaking with reference to the place where a star has collapsed upon itself and ordinary gravity has become so extreme that it overwhelms all other forces in the Universe. Price didn’t back down from his contention when speaking to MyFOXdfw, and instead added a number of other terms he considered racist to the list, like “black sheep” and “devil’s food cake.”
There’s no telling how Price got from devil’s food cake to racism, but he explains that “black sheep” is bad while “white sheep” is good. Wait a minute – “white sheep”? Who uses that term with reference to a person, much less with positive connotation? (No one does.)
Price didn’t seize the opportunity to eradicate a significant number of words from the English language with respect to every shade of skin on the planet (e.g.: Go, Redskins! You yellow-bellied coward!), nor did a psychiatrist come forward to question him about his narcissism.
All that aside, if Price gets his way (effectively remaining an unchallenged linguistic nimrod while expecting an apology whenever someone else uses a word or term he doesn’t understand and thus wrongly interprets) one wonders what is to become of black-eyed peas, black eyes, beatings that leave one black and blue, bleu cheese, something being red hot or white hot, Red Hots, telling white lies, white lightning, and the White House?
What will happen to everyone with the last name of White, Black, and Brown, the first name of Redd or Violet, black magic, making my brown eyes blue, being black-balled, white noise, white trash, Black Beauty, white lining, being black-listed, blackouts, brownouts, blacking out (and seeing white spots), Monty Python’s The Black Knight, Ajax’ White Knight, whiteheads, blackheads, redheads, and rednecks?
This time, the Price isn’t right.