John Wiley Price? Problem? What Problem? Nothing to See Here, Folks.
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.
|Hey, at least he didn't say "whitey." The man's a statesman.|
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?