John Wiley Price? Problem? What Problem? Nothing to See Here, Folks.

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I refuse to jump up and down and scream about John Wiley Price. There's this story floating around the media that they had to shut down yesterday's meeting of the Dallas County Commissioners Court because Price had a meltdown when some in the peanut gallery called him the county's "chief moolah."

Please. First of all, the guy didn't call him chief moolah. It's mullah. He called him chief mullah -- an Islamic term for teacher or leader.

Second. Price did not have a meltdown. He was very calm. He made an observation about the people who had come to the meeting to complain about his role in the firing of Dallas County Elections Director Bruce Sherbet.

Price said, "You're all white. Go to hell."

He said it very calmly, according to the tape I saw. And he said it after County Judge Clay Jenkins was already in the process of shutting down the meeting.

Jenkins wasn't shutting down the meeting because Price told the people to go to hell. He was shutting down the meeting to stop the people from criticizing Price in front of the TV cameras.

In effect, Jenkins was telling them to go to hell too.

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Hey, at least he didn't say "whitey." The man's a statesman.
Who dares to be shocked by any of this? The Dallas Morning News editorial section Sunday ran an excellent Q&A between Price and editorial-board member Jim Mitchell in which Price said without any ducking or dodging that he had been the front-man in Sherbet's firing and did it for political reasons, to diminish what Price saw as the dominance of Republicans over the local elections process.

Mitchell asked tough questions and did a good job challenging Price. But generally The Dallas Morning News editorial page has been one of Price's principal supporters, as when Price was working to cripple the Inland Port in South Dallas.

The way it works is this: Price plays the race card in public but works for the old white guys behind the scenes, against the interests of his own constituency. That sits fine with the city's power structure. The recently elected county judge, Jenkins, is subordinate to Price in the running of the court.

Nobody downtown sees a single thing wrong with any of it. Nobody in leadership in the city really minds. So why should I?
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Price Watch
Price Watch

January 19 2010, John Wiley Prices Commissioners court orders James Nowlin appointed to the Dallas County Workforce Development Board for 3 years term in closed session agenda. No Public meetings.

Coffee_Party
Coffee_Party

A play on words do not make an insult right, the contexts in which the statement was made was derogatory. As far as the race card goes I play poker and the dealer should not complain when they have the deck of card, shuffled and dealt the dam card. Then get upset because it is played...Quit dealing racist hands and JWP and others will quit playing it.

Coffee_Party
Coffee_Party

This was all over the resignation of Dallas County Elections Director Bruce Sherbet., Sherbert resigned..... Lets air this out what did John have on him. What did Sherbet do. I know an up standing elected official would not hand in his resignation because "Head Mullah (nigga) in Charge " told him to. If JWP had that type of power, boy I would have a list of things for him to tell alot of people.....The problem I had with JWP was that he didn't tell them to Kiss his ass as the headed for hell.

Lorenzo
Lorenzo

All of these comments are very interesting. I am speaking Not for Mr. Price and Not against Mr. Price. I am speaking from an angle of FIXING the SYSTEM, NOT from an angle of FIXING an INDIVIDUAL, as ALL that I have read seems to be angling from. The HIGHEST office in the LAND has "TERM LIMITS" (President of United States), many of the lowest offices in the land (School Boards, City Council, Mayors Office) have "TERM LIMITS", WHY don't we have "TERM LIMITS" in every office in the land? People talk about petitions, Tea Party, Tea Bags etc. Why isn't ANYBODY talking about "TERM LIMITS" throughout the land? When Dallas City Council lost control through SINGLE MEMBER REDISTRICTING, they started "TERM LIMITS" when the City of Philadelphia could not vote out Mayor RIZZO, they came up with "TERM LIMITS". If "TERM LIMITS" are good for America's HIGHEST OFFICE, it should be good for the rest of the NATION, from CONGRESS on DOWN. STOP trying to fix individuals, and fix the SYSTEM. Concerned Citizen

MR. POSITVE
MR. POSITVE

Listen to the tape. He was called a "moolah" and not a "mullah". Now white folks are coming from everywhere trying to explain that the guy meant "mullah". The worlds smartest people (sarcasm) are now mind readers also! If you think you have the "right" to come to a meeting and start calling names and being disrespectful with no repercussions, you have another thought coming. People around the world are fed up with this kind of foolishness. This is going to be a long hot summer in Dallas! Hope you're ready.

Fuckyou
Fuckyou

Ready for what? Are all the stupid violent negroes going to stop killing each other all the time, and start a revolution against whitey or something?

talkoutloud
talkoutloud

Did you notice how quickly cantrell got up from his seat and left the court? very smart man. Perhaps the new commissioner and the new judge could learn a thing or two from him rather than waiting to be directed by jwp when to leave.

Dog
Dog

see hur dis y kaint b find know qualifie en muh distrik fo da collage skholarships an juss go head an gib dem uh muh fambly

Bailey2405
Bailey2405

I remember when Price and his "army" picketed the home of Laura Miller. It was also the weekend that Boing was in town to evaluate moving their corporate office to Dallas. Pics of the picketing was of course all over the DMN that weekend. Boing's responce of course was see ya.

JimS
JimS

Bailey: To be fair, the choice was Chicago v. Dallas. Chicago is a high first tier city. Dallas is,at best, high to mid second tier. Let's be real.

Dr. Universe
Dr. Universe

If you all thought this episode was big, wait until 2050 when you're outnumbered by minorities!

Rt76209
Rt76209

John Wiley Price-On the job and working hard every day to keep the black man south of LBJ and to market the sparkling sisters of Dallas: Collin, Tarrant and Denton Counties.

DOCWRIGHT
DOCWRIGHT

He is a racist and has to go. Just ask your self this question: how long would it take for someone to be forced out of office if he said: "You are all BLACK, .. go to hell"?

You know the real answer is they would be gone by now.

Why hold John to a lower standard just because he is black"

Doug
Doug

Jim...as a resident of Lancaster I have interest in and the same question as posted by others...what is the status of the Inland Port?...sure would appreciate it if you'd contact Allen and see what's going on...did JWP kill it? My recollection of the last election is JWP wasn't even opposed...I'd vote for a rabid yellow dog over him...if only I had the chance.

michael
michael

jwp: a common negriod supported by rich whites to insure racial friction. you don't get that?

james
james

john wiley price seems to have a chip on his shoulder, with a deep need to be insulted. i got a new racial slur to use describin' him. remember all the old GOATROPER tv movies in which clint wayne widmark bronson the hero of your favorite GOATROPER movie just can't ever seem to go into town without gittin' in a fight?

Rocket4148
Rocket4148

john wiley may have been right to disagree with the speakers until he just had to play the race thing.sad

Gordo
Gordo

You say no one in leadership in the city really minds???Who are those people????Doesn't appear to be any.....

MGTRRZ
MGTRRZ

I don't like Channel 4's 'Re-attack' on Price- I may not always agree with everything He says or does-But that 'Teabagger' was in the Wrong and very derisive...A Jerk-of the first order. I wouldNOT have stood for his B.S. either...Price had every Right to Stand Up and Defend himself...The 'Bagger' had an Agenda and Everybody 'Knows It'...Sounds like Mark Davis has an Agenda as well...'Don't Start Nothin'-and There Won't Be Nothin'!

Kevin
Kevin

No, there is no provocation great enough to warrant or excuse Price telling all of the white people that they can go to Hell. In a public government setting, officials do not have the right to yell, insult, or obstruct citizens from expressing their Constitutionally-granted right to seek redress for a wrong committed against the County by, let's say enthusiastically encouraging, one of the best EA's in this State to resign. Although I will agree that the speaker was a "jerk of the first order," a public official DOES NOT get to tell people to go to Hell without consequences. What kind of example is he setting for other County employees?

scottindallas
scottindallas

John Wiley Price collects tax money for his living. Sometimes the guy that writes your check will gripe you out. I strongly support the right of citizens to criticize their representatives, harshly and offensively even.

Peter Hernandez
Peter Hernandez

I also believe if Price would have been white making the comment towards African Americans he would be asked to resign.

joewest666
joewest666

Spot on Jim.. Spot on..

I miss Al Lipscomb and Diane Ragsdale for hilarity but we still have brother John mucking it up for us downtown.

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Putting aside everything we know about JWP's past, and looking only at his behavior last night, is that how we want our elected representatives to act toward their constituents? I think not. Being in public office means that sometimes you have to sit at the desk and take it like a man.

Jimshitzzz
Jimshitzzz

Way to go Jim Shitz

You are the stupidest most naive white libtard "progressive advocacy journalist" on Earth.

Good goin', douche.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Capslock, is that you? Did you find that key on the left?

JimS
JimS

Dear Jimshitzz: You are white. Go to hell.

Jimshitz
Jimshitz

Ha ha I might be white and I might be going to Hell (I am an athiest, after all), but at least I'm not a Naive White Libtard, which is one of the most pathetic and useless things on Earth

It is so awesome to watch you lose it now that the logical end result of your naive white libtard idealism has come back around to bite your ass.

Rpetrie345
Rpetrie345

All the silliness in these comments aside, I remain puzzled by the most basic issue presented, which has to do with the comment you just made (jokingly).

Specifically, I can't imagine that if a white official made an analogous comment to black citizens, ***regardless of provocation, and indeed regardless of context,*** that you and many others would be calling for his head as a hopeless racist, and would indeed not rest until his resignation was in hand.

Why does JWP get a pass for this? If you've offered an explanation elsewhere, and I missed it, I apologize in advance.

Dallas American
Dallas American

jackejett - I am a homo (not raging but a subdued homo) He is a queer and has never been called on it. Bitch needs to be fucking gitmoed!

Dallas American
Dallas American

oh yeh jackjett and breeder, damn straight.... as a ****sucker I have the "choice" to not bring kids into this world that are not cared for and I end up paying for their care. dude JWP is a menace along with all those "breeders" who think they need to have kids to be the norm and live in apartments and do not pay school taxes for a shit school system with the DISD. Back to JWP, along with JWP asswipe needs to wiped and flushed!

scottindallas
scottindallas

People who live in apts pay property taxes, it's just another expense that the owner hopefully recoups from "rent."

Boogeyman
Boogeyman

I noticed something in the last election... in Desoto, The ballot showed only JWP on and nobody else!!... Are people that afraid to run against him??

Brad
Brad

John Wiley Price has been charged with the following over the last 25 years; Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Assault, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespassing, Terroristic Threat, Aggravated Assault-Serious Bodily Injury, and Sexual Assault(which was dismissed by the Judge)A class act if you ask me

sandra
sandra

Brad, I agree what more signs do we need? John needs to understand that there will be consequences for his conduct disorder. He should have been ordered out of order and the commissioners should at least give him a public rebuke at the next meeting. They try to ignore him but these situations can get out of order. Have we forgotten about the man who went to courthouse in Ft. worth and shot and killed folks, have we forgotten about Congresswoman Giffords. This is a serious situation and John should have been redirected. Jenkins showed the public that he is afraid of John also. I hope John recognizes that these folks are not the uncle tom negroes and tio tacos (his terms) that he bullies.

Steve
Steve

Really? Your concern isn't that Price is a corrupt racist, but that them there evil rednecks will wanna do them some killin' to get them some revenge? Unbelievable, reminds me of another blog post i read on this earlier today -

"as far as I can tell, "Chief Moolah" entered the Black Book of Unforgivable Racial Slurs exactly at the moment a Democratic hack claimed it had always been a racial slur.

They don't bother to see if there's even a drop of truth in this. They just report it. It's Price's best defense; best not to undermine him, or confuse angry white Tea Party into a killstorm."

http://tinyurl.com/4tbrmgb

sandra crenshaw
sandra crenshaw

Narcissistic rage is a way in which a narcissistic individual takes out his anger against people who have hurt his ego. Jenkins was wrong not to call price out of order. This is a serious situation that calls for intervention because the county building will not be safe for people to come to by inciting other sick people to come down there in revenge. I love you my brother, volunteer to get some help before someone hurts you for real.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Price is up for re-election 2012.What Price did was wrong , Black People are sick of him and do not feel that way. I was there the first day and will return.Those people are election Judges and Precinct Chairs and some Tea Party people.The protest is about violation of a Persons civil rights ,on a job, fact that no process was followed.There is a Law against intimidating employees.Price did not have authority to fire Bruce , that resignation letter letter he handed Bruce is a violation of law.

There has to also ,be some law covering people in Public buildings , being made to leave because of Race,they were put out of Public space due to race.I have been the only Black person to speak publicly about John Price and his treatment of Sherbet, I am so hurt that not one Black man , Preached or elected Official has said a word about John Price behavior on yesterday.Judge Clay Jenkins had a smirk on his face, both of them seem mentally ill? Price didn't even know meaning of mullah,Jenkins allowed Price to interrupt Mr.Turner , never call for Order .Southern Dallas's silence is disturbing to me.

MR. POSITVE
MR. POSITVE

Good forum to kiss ass Ms.Culbreath. Always amused by those that have to let "massa" know that you're a "kneegro" that's on his side. "I have been the only Black person to speak publicly about John Price................". And what has that gotten you? Not a damn thing! End of the day you'll still be looked upon the same as JWP. To make a comment and then have to let people know you're Black,says a hell of a lot about you!

Abc123
Abc123

Betty:You are a voice of reason! Find someone to run against him!

Dallas American
Dallas American

JIm S - gloryhole / blackhole - two completely different terms JWP knows the difference....well perhaps not, that requires intelligence which he does not have. OUT OF OFFICE

JWP in my hole!
JWP in my hole!

JWP is a bitch bottom who loves taking it in the gloryhole. Bitch needs to be GONE! Why does no one speel the fact he is a raging homo (nothing wrong with that granted) but he is such a hole!

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

What makes JWP a "raging homo"? Are you just using a derogatory term that you think is acceptable? Like a raging breeder?

Uncool
Uncool

Or "Christians playing the victims".Stand up for everyone or stand up for no one, Jack.

JimS
JimS

Dallas American: Nice shot, Sherlock. You just proved him right about the astronomical term.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Where is Capslock McGrannypants when you need him?

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

Way to feed the trolls Jim

JWP may be getting desperate but I don't think his time is quite approaching its end yet. The guy knows that he can still pull crap like this and come back tomorrow to do it again. He's not worried yet.

JimS
JimS

Bill: Sorry. See my comment above to Hello.

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