When John Wiley Price took the microphone yesterday at the Dallas County commissioners' meeting, his fellow commissioners appeared appropriately remorseful during his monologue on African-American suffering throughout American history. But that doesn't mean they were paying attention. Price took t ... More >>
A small dagger pierced my heart when my wife told me our 27-year-old son's reaction to the news story she had emailed him about the n-word-using police commissioner in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He emailed her back: "Wow. Way up there." I took that to mean that our fifth-generation native-Texan son ... More >>
The city was becoming less divided. Then corruption stepped in.
Combating Mexican political apathy.
A signed essay in Sunday's Dallas Morning News by editorial writer Tod Robberson suggested the historical lock-step loyalty of black southern Dallas voters to the Democratic Party has done them little good. It's safe to say something has done southern Dallas little good. In recent decades the ove ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
Domingo, Domingo, Domingo. You were named after the day of worship. Why do you always wind up using names against other people? Yesterday, state Representative Rafael Anchia jumped on Dallas congressional candidate Domingo Garcia for calling a black opponent an "errand boy." In a press release, A ... More >>
It looks like Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, long a puppet of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, finally has hit the Price wall. Jenkins has stopped action on the appointment of Price protégé Aaron McCarthy, aka Aaron Michaels, to the county's "homeland security advisory committee," w ... More >>
Photo by R.C. HickmanWay back in July I stumbled across a cache of R.C. Hickman photos being sold on eBay. Some are long gone; I wound up with one, which, according to the Fort Worth-based seller, came from the legendary Dallas Star Post photographer's personal collection. Four months on many rem ... More >>
Photo by Brantley HargroveAt Kirkwood Temple C.M.E. Church last night, 120 or so congregants petitioned an Ecclesiastical Court on behalf of a decidedly earthly cause: that of embattledDallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, the target of a sweeping FBI probe. Matrons fanned themselves ... More >>
Eddie Bernice Johnson's Facebook pageThis item is a dilation of a comment I posted to yesterday's item about 30th District Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and the scandal about scholarships and nepotism. It struck me after I posted the comment that maybe I owed the topic a better effort. In t ... More >>
Rev. Jeremiah Wright will be honored by Texas Christian University's Brite Divinity School on March 28. These were his spiritual sons, men he’d ordained into ministry and sent into a hateful world. And now they’d turned their backs on him. Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, a Southern holy man, the ... More >>
The Ballpark hosts some timely history
Bishop J. Neaul Haynes: What did he know about Pastor Sherman Allen, and what did he do about it? Pastor Sherman Allen's bishop in the Church of God in Christ, J. Neaul Haynes of Dallas, has been aware of paddling allegations involving Allen for at least 17 years. One of Allen's alleged victims, a w ... More >>
It's a mellow week at the Dallas Observer. We've exchanged gifts. (Yikes--except me. You'll see me running through Target later today.) Right now I'm listening to a heated conversation in the distance about long-sleeved sweaters. We've got the day off tomorrow, and I'll be taking the opportunity to ... More >>
The lengthy story on T.D. Jakes in the March issue of The Atlantic Monthly is the best story that's appeared on the bishop to date, though that isn't saying much. (The Dallas Observer published the first major article on Jakes in 1996, but he and his ministry have changed a lot since then, so I'm no ... More >>
A veteran principal brought hope and self-respect to South Dallas' Lincoln High. But even some of his loyal followers say it's time for him to step down.