Thursday, July 10, 2008

Is "black hole" a racially insensitive term?

I don't think so, but it seems there are those who'll make something out of nothing.

There's a story out of Dallas where a pair of black public officials took offense to a white public official's use of black hole. I wonder what happens if they someone uses the term black hole in a scientific way instead of the abstract way used in this instance:

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.

Some people need to get a grip!

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