Thursday, July 10, 2008

"Black Holes", "White Lies", "Yellow Journalism", and "Brown Noses"

Dallas County commissioner John Wiley Price and Judge Thomas Jones insist that the term “Black Hole” is racist. During a County Commission meeting, white Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield called the traffic ticket processing office a “black hole” in reference to its lack of organization and accounting. Antagonists Jones and Price immediately protested this “racist” comment and demanded an apology. Fortunately, Mayfield stood his ground. Aren’t we past this, people?

Find the article here.

Do the phrases “White Lie”, “Yellow Journalism”, and “Brown Nose” equally offend the multitude of ethnicities and races that this country encompasses?

Did Judge Jones and Mr. Price fail high school science? Did they even go to high school? Are they entirely removed from educated discourse? How can one possible imply that the term is racist?

Black is defined as: “the color of objects that do not emit or reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum.” (FYI: We “see” things through light reflecting off of them.)

As we all know, Black Holes are places in space where the gravitational field is so strong that light cannot escape from them. Therefore, because light cannot escape—hence reflect for our eyes to process—they appear as black voids.

I wonder what Stephen Hawking would say to such idiocy. I, for one, believe we should ostracize the people of Dallas for electing such fine public servants.

According to their logic, almost any word can be racist. I am offended by the equally fascinating stellar phenomenon of “White Dwarfs." “White Dwarfs” are defined as “degenerate Dwarfs” given the fact that they are in the latter stages of a star’s decay.

I can’t imagine what a Matt Roloff of Little People, Big World fame would say, given the fact that he is a Caucasian Little Person (implying through the Jones-Price equation that he is a degenerate).

Let’s get back to reality, folks—or at least start electing public servants who can compete in Who's Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. Fortunately, Commissioner Mayfield and bloggers are standing their ground, chalking one up for Common Sense.

Common Sense: 2 Lunacy: 2


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