Dallas Commissioner Says “Black Hole” Racist
At a county meeting, in a discussion about ticket collections, commissioner Kenneth Mayfield said, “It sounds like Central Collections has become a black hole.” Commissioner John Wiley Price said that kind of language is unacceptable. Mayfield, of course, meant the term in the astronomical sense, a black hole being a collapsed star with no physical properties but a gravitational pull so great that even light can’t escape.
But his annoyance doesn’t stop at “black hole”. Upsetting to him are also “devil’s food cake” and “black sheep”.
“So if it’s ‘angel food cake,’ it’s white. If it’s ‘devil’s food cake,’ it’s black. If you’re the ‘black sheep of the family,’ then you gotta be bad, you know. ‘White sheep,’ you’re okay. You know?” Price said.
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