Friday, July 11, 2008

Sort of Science Related...

And then there are people who don't know anything about science at all. Foxnews is reporting on a Dallas, Texas county official who sees the term "Black Hole" as racist. I kid you not. Here it is:

A county commissioners' meeting this week over traffic tickets turned into a tense discussion over race when one commissioner said the county's collections office was like a certain astronomical phenomenon.

"It sounds like Central Collections has become a black hole," Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, who is white, said during the Monday meeting.

One black official demanded an apology, and Commissioner John Wiley Price, who also is black, said that type of language is unacceptable.

At the meeting, Mayfield said he intended his comments to be taken in the context of the scientific meaning, and became upset that he was being misunderstood.

Why do you suppose they call it a black hole? Is it because it is, ummm black? Do you suppose he doesn't know what a black hole is? Should we remove the word "black" from the language? Gee that's sensible. Just goes to show you can put people in positions of power who haven't a lick of common sense.

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