DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – Constituents of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price are talking about the Commissioner’s controversial remarks yesterday.
“I thought it was horrible” says Kieandria Ellis, who lives in Price’s district. “Really, you are a great man of power. People look up to you. You say things like ‘fat boy” to someone who’s done nothing to you?” she questions.
During Tuesday’s Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting, Price became enraged when a speaker referred to him as a “mullah.” Price claims it’s a derogatory term, with racial undertones, and mentioned in Spike Lee’s movie “Do the Right Thing.”
But others in District 3 say they’re not aware of the word being offensive and they question why Price would tell the speaker “go to hell.” During a verbal altercation Price referred to one of the other members of the audience as “fat boy.” The protesters have attended a number of Commissioners Court meetings to speak out in opposition to the claimed ouster of Dallas County Elections Supervisor Bruce Sherbet, who resigned.
“Just typical John Wiley Price,” says Darryl Randle, also a resident of District 3. “He just spoke his mind. I heard what the white guy said and it does mean a derogatory name because I saw the movie ‘Do the Right Thing’ so he had a right to speak his mind.”