Democrats! Are you going to let John Wiley Price run your party? Really?

Dear Dallas County Democratic Party:

This is a letter from me to you. Don't read it in front of the kids.

You are newly in the majority in Dallas County. While Texas turns more and more Republican, you guys have caught the demographic wave in the other direction. That's so great for you.

So now, newly ensconced as a voting majority on the county commissioners court—the elective board that runs county government—with a plausible shot at dominating city politics as well (more on that in a moment), you have chosen to turn over effective leadership of your party to Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

Are you off your meds? Did you suffer a tragic head injury? Are you being commanded by a God-like voice that speaks to you through the air conditioning ducts? Has the guy got a Glock in your back?

Are you really going to take this moment of golden opportunity and hand it off to the man who recently addressed citizens of his county by saying, "You are all white. Go to hell"?

Wait. Stop. Please. Listen to me. This is so important. Just this one thing.

You know he's not a Democrat, right?

You know that. He never has been. Not even a little bit. Oh, I know he wears the jacket. But nobody with any sense has ever believed this man was a Democrat.

In the early years of his career during redistricting after the 1980 census, Price worked with Republicans to try to shaft Martin Frost, a high-tenured Democrat in Congress, working to draw Frost out of his district so the Republicans could carve off half of it in the suburbs and Price could grab the rest. He wanted to go to Washington from Dallas' new minority seat, and he didn't care how.

That's why, when the Democrats drew the final lines, they put lots of middle-class black people in the new Dallas minority district, knowing the black middle class would never vote for Price. Eddie Bernice Johnson got the seat instead, and Frost kept his.

That might even have been OK, if it meant Johnson was all about the bougies, but Price was sort of a Mickey Leland-style Democrat, a supposed champion of the least among us. But c'mon. You know that's a load. Price is a champion of the H. Ross Perot clan.

There's a reason the Perots gave Price's main political operative, Kathy Nealy, her own suite in the American Airlines Center Arena when it was completed in 2001. That was a big wet kiss: Thank you, Commissioner, for helping us defeat all those lefties who wanted the city to spend its money on basic services.

Democrats, I'm talking to you. Does that sound like a Democrat? Are you suffering a lot of confusion lately, like when you leave the house you can't remember how to get back home? Do you honestly believe that John Wiley Price is a champion of working people?

He's never done a thing for working people. In fact he has so perfectly and completely internalized the values of the rich white people for whom he carries water that he actually despises work and the chumps who do it.

Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but I think I need to remind you of the exchanges I had with him two years ago when I was writing about his efforts to stymie development of the Inland Port Project in southern Dallas—a massive high-tech shipping and warehousing development, which, by the way, is still moving toward completion in spite of Price's efforts to hamstring it.

Every inch and every hour the Inland Port Project lost in momentum as the result of Price's actions was money in the bank for the Perots' directly competing Alliance Airport Center in Fort Worth. I don't think that was a coincidence, do you?

In 2008 I asked Price how he could kiss off the promise of 63,000 jobs in southern Dallas, where there never has been a base of industrial jobs, and by never I mean not since the Civil War. He told me that hourly-wage industrial jobs are demeaning and are associated with slavery.

That came up because I came across a letter through an Open Records request in which Price had spoken disdainfully of the promise of jobs in the Inland Project. He said, "During slavery, everybody had a job."

He and I spoke about it twice on the phone, and then he spoke about it again on the radio. In my second conversation with him—I was calling back to give him a chance to reconsider—I said, "During slavery nobody had a job."

He said, "They did have a job. What was it called then?"

"It's called slavery," I said. "They stole their lives."

"Slavery, Jim, that's an institution. And the effort of the institution was working. And working traditionally is a job. I am going to tell you the nickname that most African-Americans have for a job. It's called a slave."

I told him I had worked for five years in the car factories in Detroit when I was young, amid people from everywhere in the world, Ireland, the Middle East, Estonia, the American South, who were lifting up their families by working. They all believed work was honorable, even noble if you don't have any money and you do have mouths to feed.

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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.

mskat
mskat

While we are on JWP, lets talk about Dawayne Carraway, why in the hell DO he think he can sue the city. They did not just show up at his house that fool called the police to come. If he can sue the City then everybody that has had a Domestic problem should sue them too. Mrs Carraway know that NUT is out of control, probay being hitting her for a long time , just look at her face DUH!!!. And he is probally a bully. WE DON'T WANT HIM IN OFFICE , NO MORE THAN WE WANT JWP. I DON'T CARE IF NO ONE LIKES WHAT I SAY. THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE. and you know this to maybe be true.

mskat
mskat

My thing is you are only a slave if you chose to be. There are slaves of all colors. Where as JWP is a slave in his own mind. He calls himself a slave, where did he pick cotton. JWP did you ever work in a field if so where

mskat
mskat

As for myself, I don't think JWP is fit for any office. He needs to go. Ya'll know he is being paided under the table, get rid of this fool. I would rather have a high school student run the City.

Miss
Miss

Typical liberal whining. Always ranting and raving and screaming about government "services." when only a handful of creeps, leeches, parasites and people who refuse to work use them. While the rest of the taxpayers get up every morning and go to work to support your diseased ilk.

geoffdallas
geoffdallas

Here's the sad part: Years ago, during the time Glen Maxey was serving as the first openly gay state rep, we went down to Austin for a gay rights march and lobbying day. During this particular trip, a proclamation was read on the floor of the representatives' chamber. Most of the state reps (all of the Republicans and not a few of the Democrats) left chamber because they didn't want to be present when it was read. John Wiley Price traveled to Austin and was with us in the gallery for the reading of the proclamation. John Wiley Price was the only local elected official who traveled to Austin to stand with us for this reading. (I think this was the same trip in which we got caught in an elevator in the capital between floors and Deborah Dannenberg pulled the doors open and jumped to the floor below to rescue us).

I'll always have a warm spot for John Wiley Price, but the expiration date on that affection has passed long ago and it is time to vote Mr. Price out of office.

Bennettadison
Bennettadison

This is a good letter for every one..The elected officer must run the city cause it is their responsibility for the future of the community.-Danny Wettreich-

Lannjackson
Lannjackson

Wow. That certainly makes me think.

JacksonofOakCliff

Tommy
Tommy

I had never heard that the word mullah was any type of racial slur before this incident, and take the claims that it is with a large grain of salt. I always thought it was akin to "high muckity muck" or "grand poobah." I guess to avoid new words being branded as racial slurs we should be careful not to use language that can be misconstrued. Let's just call him a paranoid megalomaniacal jerk and leave it at that.

Foe
Foe

The people in JWP's precint fully support him. They will continue voting for him, They see him as their man downtown who is standing up to angry caucasians who are bitter about losing power. The man use the Mullah word because he couldn't use the N word. Black people are not as stupid as you think.

JokerAce
JokerAce

Sorry Jim, you are wrong. John Wiley Price is a IS a democrat-he uses his power over his base to convince them that everyone else is out to get them, and then he does it for himself. Sorry, that is how the whole democratic party in Dallas runs things from what I can see: build a base (based on race of course) and then scare them into not voting any other way. Once you have that base use it to get rich or powerful or both. Sometimes they get caught, sometimes they don't. I have come to the conclusion that the only solution is to move a little north. The north Dallas counties may not be perfect but compared to Dallas they are pretty dog-gone good.

Voice of Reason
Voice of Reason

Jim:Although I'll admit you have been a long time critic of JWP (although, come to think about it- is there anyone in power whom you haven't been critical of? It's your shtick!!), I guess what prompted this article is that you think he's finally become such a liability for you and the Democrats that you fear the voters of Dallas County will return to their senses and start voting the occasional Republican in office again. Oh, the horrors!

The biggest insult you could come up with is to say he's really a Republican? Come on, now. surely you can do better than that!

Meanwhile, as a resident of a neighboring county that is looking better and better by comparison, I should probably be happy by the seeming Dallas death-wish. BUT, I'm a big believer in regionalism, and it will hurt us all to see Dallas keep it's downward spiral.

So, Dallas: buck it up! How about voting for competency, regardless which tribe they belong to.

juan b
juan b

For those of you that support John Wiley Price, what is he "really" doing for you? If you go to the areas of Dallas in which he represents, streets are in dis-repair. City services are not on par with those of central/north Dallas. Public schools in those areas lag behind the same public schools equivalents in central/north Dallas. Crime is several percentages higher in his area than it is in the rest of Dallas. Businesses don't want to locate in his areas and since there is no business growth in his areas, residents have to travel to work thus spending more of their monies in other areas of Dallas, thus not supporting their area's economic viability and growth.

This seems to be the growing legacy of John Wiley Price politics. Someone needs to remind him that this is 2011, not 1851. Someone needs to pull him into the 21st century instead of letting his mind toil in the 19th and 20th centuries as far as his ways of thinking. Yes, there are still inequalities when it comes to minorities in the business/education/social world. However, instead of fighting to bring more growth and opportunity to his area, it is about doing just enough to get a big enough following to keep you in elected office (sort of like Alderman Fred C. Davis from "Good Times" fame). The civil rights fights from the 1960s brought minorities all long way but fights like what John Wiley Price fight do a lot to set those gains back. He (JWP) should be concentrating on educating the youth in his area in order for them to be able to keep up and compete with their counterparts from other areas of the metroplex as well as their counterparts from other parts of the US. JWP is handicapping his area and the peoples of his represented areas with his style of politics. His style is not fair to the many good, hardworking people he is suppose to represent.

Jonzub2
Jonzub2

This happens with all politicians both Ds and Rs. They get into office and they learn how to work the system to help themselves and there cronies. We know most GOPers are greedy and full of graft but to see a guy make his name fighting injustices and then become part of the graft is more shameful. HE SHOULD BE ASHAMEDOF HIMSELF!

Jonzub2
Jonzub2

JWP has become what he once hated. A rich racist white guy.

CW
CW

JWP represents the Democrat Part in Dallas. The minorities of the southern sector are the reason Democrats have any say in the city or county at all. Do you think Dallas is teaming with white, limosine liberals? This isn't Austin. The Democrat Party in Dallas IS poor minorities.

JOMO
JOMO

PEOPLE LOVE JWP BECAUSE HE STOOD UP FOR US WHEN THE ESTABLISHMENT HAD THEIR FOOT ON OUR NECKS (BACK OF BUS) (USED SCHOOL BOOKS) ONE JANITOR FOR A WHOLE SCHOOL (KB POLK) NOW WHEN THE CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST YOU WANT TO CRY FOUL, I HAVE NEVER WASTED MY VOTE ON DWAINE CARROWAY, BUT I PICKED YOU OFF WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED TO CUT HIM DOWN, HE GAVE A WORTHLESS KEY TO A EX CON, WHAT IF HE HAD BEEN LOCKED UP WRONGLY AS SOME OF US HAVE, YOU GLORIFY OTHER EX OFFENDERS AND EVEN GIVE THEM JOBS ON RADIO, LATE NIGHT TV ETC. BUT THEY ARE DIFFERENT EVEN ONE FILM MAKER YOU THE ESTABLISHMNENT WANTED TO EXONERATE HIM BECAUSE THE TIME FRAME WHEN HE ABSCONDED FROM THE U.S., PARKLAND IS A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF JWP, THE JAILS ARE A BETTER PLACE BECAUSE OF DEMOCRATS IN OFFICE STILL SOME PEOPLE FEEL THEY SHOULD'NT BE COMPENSATED AT ALL AFTER ALL THEY DID SOMETHING TO GET NOTICED BY THE ESTABLISHMENT.

JOMO

Do you hear me now
Do you hear me now

I still don't get it. 63,000 jobs for South Dallas equals slave jobs??? Well I know who will take those jobs while the people who live over there are all hanging out, smoking, dealing/doing drugs, sweeping side walks, etc., You can watch all your brown brothers take all of those jobs and drive off in their shiny new trucks to their shiny new house while you still live in the most impovished part of the City where all these new jobs are, because if they are manager, they hire their own. Then they will start buying up all those cheap lots, building their version of a ranch house with their fences and guess where you will be? Guess John Wiley Price will be?

Medunlimited
Medunlimited

What are trying to accomplish? Unless Commissioner Price has committed a crime, or the voters in hie district vote him out of office, give it a rest. Why are you not dealing with the words that began the problem? The attorney that called Mr. Price out of his name, Try reporting the news, not creating it.

Anna
Anna

John Wiley Price is what is wrong with the system. He is a leech, and I hope he gets what he deserves when he is found out. He gives a bad name to all African Americans. Death to his reign!

Follow up
Follow up

Jim, what do you mean about ditch the nonpartisan system? Are you suggesting it would be better to have a D v R race for mayor? Is that legal in Texas? Why do you think that would be an improvement? To take control away from the DCC? And why isn't the DCC backing Natinsky? He seemed to be for everything Leppert was.

Say what!!!
Say what!!!

Is this one of those Junteenth moments??

With all of the misinformation, gossip, useless information , and downright wrong information that flows through the black grapevine, you would think some of the above facts about Price would taint him. This mode of communication probably was very useful during the slavery times but I wonder why the freedom part didn't reach Texas until two years later. I mean slaves were being freed all around Texas, you know due to that certain war that was going on, why wouldn't this information seep into Texas?? Why, they didn't want to know. They wanted to know who was going to take care of them if they were let go. Master has always taken care of us. If you don't talk about it, it doesn't exist. Don't say nothing, now, don't even bring it up. I don't know nothing about that, I only know what I'm told. As now, his people don't want to know anything different than what they are told.

ChristyW
ChristyW

The big question is why are the crickets chirping among the most influential politicians and community leaders/groups in Dallas? Where are the anti-racist groups, religious leaders, and peace centers organizing rallies and asking this guy to resign for his racist comments to working people?

gladnotsad
gladnotsad

So, the Dems in "no growth" Dallas county have to be careful who controls their party...................Too late Jim.

Al2010
Al2010

Can't stand that racist jerk.

Flux
Flux

John Wiley Price is a racist as evidenced by his comments. If the commissioner had been a white or hispanic saying that to a black speaker we would still have the NAACP and everyone else running all over Dallas and on the National news every night. But no, Mr. Price can say whatever he feels because even his own constituents are terrified of him.

He is neither Democrat or Republican. He is, however, an open racist with a self serving agenda.

Shaw Renee47
Shaw Renee47

Yes, John Wiley Price is a champion of working people.Mr. Schutze, you are taking things out of context and making it sound like you are on the sideof the people. We know that you are a Republican and only interested in what is best for you while selling out a soldier for the people. And besides, you are using the Dallas Observer, we All know that they print only the things that cause division among people. Mr. Wiley has a right to speak his opinion on the things that he believe in whether it offends you or not. We must learn to live together as One, for We Are One...One in God.GOD BLESS !!!Renee .

BAP
BAP

JWP is the final, overwhelming reason I never considered for more than 30 seconds expanding my business into Dallas County.

EDUARDO
EDUARDO

the point is,politics from the republicans or democrats don't work for americans, they work for themself

Karenonion
Karenonion

JWP is a racist, pure and simple. Another era, another color, another Jim Crow.

RW
RW

I liked Price alot better when he was the clerk for the court that set you bond when you got busted. If you were a pimp and sent a working girl by to see him, and maybe a little coke, he would see to it that thay would be booked/ bailed out as a first offence---75$ back then. She can make that back tonight. He has always looked out for himself (like most politicians) and could cair less abought the poor blacks in his district. Somebody should look at how he did things as a court clerk. It's all in the recordes.

steve
steve

The National Socialist Party (formerly democrats) are too scared to call down johnnyboy. The blacks in Dallas County are their main voting block. Without the black vote the National Socialists would never win another election, and they know it. So, letting johnny run his mouth is the bribe the National Socialist Party pays for their dominance in Dallas County. It might be of note that, before FDR, the blacks voted solid Republican. After all, Abe Lincoln, a Republican set them free. When FDR became President, he started the "Entitlements", to bribe the black vote, and they have voted National Socialist ever since. The National Socialists, on the Federal level, could care less about blacks, they just want their votes to retain Political power. If blacks remain blind to this truth, it is because they chose too.

Mr. Scott
Mr. Scott

How about calling him John, his name? A lot of the verbal warfare would not exist if everyone address one another by their name. His mother did not name him Mullah.

Jd
Jd

The point is not that is was racial, it was disrespectful to be called other than what his name is. They were in a formal setting, so to address anyone by anything else, is to be disrectful. Not to mention, he asked the gentleman to call him by his name, and was called Mullah 6 times. I'm not sure what you expect of a man in that position. Should he have just grinned and bear it? Why should he have been held accountable for his actions, but not the speaker. Now to what you believe to be a racial slur. I personally believe that some whites substitute words like "Mullah" for the word "nigger". Then when you are called on it, then its, "what, i didn't say they n-word". You are very simple-minded to assume that because you do not say a word, that others can't interpret what you mean. I know that when you want to be respectful or sensitive to someone you make sure to not use words that Might offend that person. So kill the bullshit about what you didn't say, it is always what you said and how you said it.

Keep The Devil That You know
Keep The Devil That You know

No where in the dictionary defines this as a racial slur. Come to think about it after reading the last post, JWP might be the most astonishing actor in Dallas politics. He is playing to his captive audience. This might not be his character at all but a role he plays to his constituents who enjoy this type of behavior while he is free to deal in nefarious deeds. They don't care if he doesn't accomplish anything for his area, they are being entertained. And the Repub can't say anything because they put Perry back in office.

Slugslingers
Slugslingers

This is why we moved OUT of Dallas. JWP fixed up the jails because he's afraid that he and his supporters will be residents.

juan b
juan b

People in Dallas city and county government that think and act like John Wiley Price is the reason why Dallas always lag behind other big cities around the US as far as progressing forward. Lining their own pockets is more important than doing the right things to progress Dallas forward and bring in jobs/economic opportunities. I have lived in Dallas for over 10 years and have seen very little progress in the area. I have seen industries (with their jobs) shift more towards the Fort Worth side of the metroplex due to the shennanigans of the Dallas City Council. We (black, white, brown, yellow, red) are all in the same boat and it is sinking fast due to the "John Wiley Price" style of politics. Lets progress, not regress together for the good of Dallas.

Rdevans50
Rdevans50

you know "Mullah" is not a racist term. It is a title used in Afghanistan. And what if a white commissioner said to the assembled masses, "you are all black, go to Hell"? Would he be sitting back laughing at the coverage now or would he be making the apologies that would be forced on him by the NAACP, Black Ministers and Politicians. A white commissioner could NEVER get by with such utter disregard for the voters.

siditty
siditty

Why does he represent all African Americans? Does Rush Limbaugh represent all white people. If so, I'm scared.

wtf?!
wtf?!

^How can you stand up for someone with the whole "live together as one"shtick when JWP's ignorance towards equality pisses all over it? He openly uses racism out of context and causes more division.

WHY THE F*@K WOULD ANYONE BE OFFENDED WITH THE SCIENTIFIC TERM "BLACK HOLE"?!

Say what?
Say what?

Did you even read the article?

geoffdallas
geoffdallas

Excuse me? Do you even know what the National Socialists are? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

Obama is accused of being a SOCIALIST. Unfortunately, Obama is a centrist, not a liberal, progressive, or a socialist. But, whatever he is, he's certainly far better than McCain, Palin, or any other ultra-greedy, reactionary Repugnant you can name.

siditty
siditty

Yay a teatard responded. If we were to look at Lincoln's politics he wouldn't be considered a republican today, you know that. Anything left of batsh*& crazy right is now socialist according to the delusional psychos of the Republican/TeaTard party.

geoffdallas
geoffdallas

Unfortunately, it sounded like an insult. Whether it was racist or not, it was most certainly intended to be insulting - which shows the speaker's ignorance. The word "mullah" under other circumstances would be a complement.

Regardless of insults or perceived insults hurled by speakers at a commissioners' court meeting, the commissioners themselves should hold themselves to a higher standard of conduct and not demean themselves or the court by responding in kind. Commissioner Price' behavior was inappropriate and he should not have allowed himself to be goaded into a verbal tirade and name calling. It sounded like Price was engaging in "Mommy, he started it!" - which most of us gave up around the third grade.

 
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