Sorry, Dr. King, but we haven’t gotten there yet. There are still racially motivated groups in America. Groups that target Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Asians, and other minorities. Groups like the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi’s, National Socialists, etc. However, lest we lose sight of the importance of Dr. King’s words, and their full meaning, we must also include other racial bigots. Individuals who are not white, but refuse to allow Dr. King’s words to come to fruition. Individuals who through their incendiary and racist comments foment racial strife and tension. Those individuals who strive to perpetuate racial bigotry and hate. And in honor of Black History Month, let’s take a look at the other side of the racist coin.
Many people in this country are well aware (or should be) of the Black Panther Party (and its offspring, the “New” Black Panther Party. Those stalwart supporters of Barack Obama (and whose support and logo was featured on Obama’s election website), who advocate the killing of white people. It was Minister King Samir Shabazz (aka: Maurice Heath), the New Black Panther Party’s Philadelphia leader who said, “You want freedom? You’re gonna have to kill some crackers! You’re gonna have to kill some of their babies!” (read the article here). This, by the way, is the same individual who was threatening voters in Philadelphia in 2008. The Obama administration refused to prosecute him.
There are even some who remember the Tawana Brawley scandal. Brawley was a 15 year old black girl who was found stuffed in a garbage bag and smeared with feces, and who claimed to have been raped by six white men, including police officers. It was later discovered that it was a stunt orchestrated by so-called civil rights activist, Al Sharpton. Sharpton allegedly orchestrated the event in order to create racial disharmony between blacks and whites. He almost started a race war, which is what I am sure he wanted. Why? Because Al Sharpton is a racist. A black racist, but a racist none the less. That any individual would so abuse a young girl to further his own hate filled agenda is to me reprehensible. This is the same Al Sharpton whose derogatory comments about Jews which spawned violent racially motivated demonstrations that culminated in the stabbing death of a young Jewish man while his attackers yelled “Kill The Jew!”
And let us not forget that other stalwart civil rights activist, Jesse Jackson, who publically referred to New York as “Hymie-Town,” derogatorily referring to Jews. Neither Shabazz, nor Sharpton, nor Jackson has ever apologized for these statements that they have publically made. Nor have they shown any public remorse for instigating racial hatred and bigotry. And neither has another individual who clearly deserves to have his name ensconced in the “Racist Hall of Shame” along with Shabazz, Sharpton and Jackson. That man is John Wiley Price, senior Dallas County Commissioner in Texas.
On February 15, 2011, during a Dallas County Commissioner Court, a member of the public was addressing the court and expressing his concerns and apparent displeasure at the resignation of county Elections Administrator, Bruce Sherbet. Sherbet had previously stated that he felt he had been forced out of office by county judge Clay Jenkins and senior commissioner John Wiley Price. The citizen who was addressing the court, a Mr. Jeff Turner intended his comments to be directed toward John Wiley Price specifically. However, court rules prohibit public speakers from addressing specific commissioners by name. Since Mr. Turner felt that commissioner Price was the cause of Mr. Sherbet’s departure, and since he also felt that commissioner Price was also the “behind-the-scenes” guy who ran everything (some have called Price a “mob boss”), he referred to commissioner Price not by name (as he was not allowed to do), but by the title “Chief Mullah of Dallas County.”
A Mullah is defined as an intelligent individual learned in Islamic law. A wise man. Someone people go to when they need something done, and rarely is anything of importance accomplished without the approval of the Chief Mullah. At least in the Islamic culture. Therefore, in referring to commissioner Price as the Chief Mullah of Dallas County, Mr. Turner was simply saying that nothing is done in Dallas County without the approval of commissioner Price. Commissioner Price, however, used the situation to create racially motivated havoc.
Initially, Price attempted to get Turner to violate court rules and call him by his name. Price told Turner, “Don’t call me Chief Mullah, call me by my name.” Had Turner done so, he could have been disallowed to speak for violating court rules. Turner did not call Price by his name, however, and did not fall for Price’s trap. Since that tactic did not work, Price then resorted to pulling out the race card. Not that he called Turner a racist (at least not initially), but Price himself began making racist comments. Price told Turner and others, “All of you are white! Go to hell!” One member of the public audience then said to Price, “You should be ashamed!” Price responded, “I am not ashamed! Go to hell!” Price then told several others in the audience “go to hell!” and as he was leaving the room, Price turned to a minister in the audience, who had not participated in the exchange, and said to him, ”You too fat boy!” Price also invited audience members to meet him out back, clearly a threat of physical violence. (You can read the article here)
Clearly Price’s justification holds no truth whatsoever. The term Mullah, or “Moolah” as both Price and Turner pronounced it, is not a derogatory term, nor is it a racial term. Even the Islamic community in Dallas recognized the term for what it was (although they did condemn it saying that non Muslims have no right to use a Muslim term). And the term “Moolah” is a slang term for money. It has never been used to refer to Italians (whom Price derogatorily calls “Eye-Talians”), and it has never been used to refer to Blacks. In other words, Price (who some have said is actually a Muslim, and therefore should have known what the term meant) simply made it up. He saw an opportunity to scream racist, and he took it.
And this is not an isolated incident. In 2008, during a meeting, one of the meeting members commented that reports were being lost when sent to a specific office, and that it seemed that with regard to reports, the office was a black hole. Once again, John Wiley Price pulled the race card, and accused the member of making racist comments. Apparently the term black hole, even when used scientifically, is a racist comment. Some have claimed that Price has publically used the racially derogatory terms “coconut” to refer to Hispanics, and saying they are brown on the outside and white on the inside, and also “oreo” referring to Black conservatives, saying they are black on the outside and white on the inside.
Since beginning his career as an elected official, Commissioner Price has been arrested and charged, and in some cases convicted of criminal offenses. Included among the many criminal charges are Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Assault, Criminal Mischief, Criminal Trespassing, Terroristic Threat, Aggravated Assault-Serious Bodily Injury, and Sexual Assault. An internet search shows that Commissioner Price has a long history with Dallas County law enforcement.
In fact, a search of the Dallas County criminal background website, shows no less than 19 charges over the years, some of which he was found guilty of. (click here for website, name: Price John Wiley, Black, Male, Defendant, and click search by name). John Wiley Price is a racist, he is a criminal, and an advocate of militant protests (as shown in the various You Tube videos of him). And just like his racist brothers – Shabazz, Sharpton and Jackson, John Wiley Price is another example of what is preventing Dr. King’s dream from becoming a reality.
Thanks for reading, and as always, your thoughts, comments and suggestions are always welcome.
[Note: this was originally posted by me on 16 February 2011, on the original Independent Realist blogsite]