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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dallas Commissioner John Wiley Price Doesn't Owe Any Apology


The above link will take you to a video courtesy of CBS 11 News. Doug Dunbar and Karen Borta are reporting on a story that took place in the Dallas County Commissioner's Court yesterday. They take the viewers to Andrea Lucia who is standing out in front of the Nasher Center where she attempted to speak to Commissioner John Wiley Price about the outburst after County Speaker Jeff Turner offended the Commisioner. She chose her words carefully and you can tell by her mannerisms and facial expression that she did not have a fun time in talking with the Commish after he said to her, "The word moolah is racist. What part of that do you not understand?" She argued that Speaker Turner did not mean it how it was taken. Commisioner Price retorted, "Oh so I suppose if he said "nigger" but didn't mean it "that way", then it'd be ok." The incident in question happened after County Speaker Jeff Turner referred to the Commissioner as "The Chief Moolah of Dallas" numerous times. The Commissioner eventually snapped back saying "If you want to refer to me, call me by my name." My sources with the city tell me that when the County Speaker attempted to defend his name calling, Commisioner Price told him angrily that "moolah" was a racist term. Upon hearing the word "racist" used in court, the all white crowd gasped. Many were confused as to why Commisioner Price had become so upset all of a sudden. He addressed the courtroom by saying "You all are white." as if to confirm that they were not aware of the magnitude of what was just said. Commisioner Price looked back at Speaker Turner and told him "You go to hell." Speaker Turner later attempted to defend his use of the word by insisting that he intended to compare Commisioner Price to a "mullah" or "educated muslim warlord" by his understanding of the word. A Mullah is actually a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect. Speaker Turner was using the word in a condescending manner which would be disrespectful to Muslim. Commissioner Price released a statement citing that "Moolah has its roots in a slang used against Italian immigrants and later used by the same (group) to defame and discredit African-Americans". Obviously, Commissioner Price is referring to the slang word "moulie", a bastardized version of "moulignon", which is an offensive word for a black person, used by Italians in US. It is a corruption of melanzane, the Italian word for eggplant." http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Moolie


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