In his Observer blog publication, Wednesday, January 24, 2012, titled, “Clay Jenkins Hits the Wall in the Appointment of New Black Panther Party Founder,” Jim Schutze, former member of the now defunct Dallas Times Herald editorial board and long-time, respected Dallas columnist, publicly outed Dallas Commissioner, John Wiley Price, as an anti-semitist. Schutze made reference to hate of Jews in his charge; plus, Schutze wrote that he was now “kicking himself” for overlooking and keeping the shocking secret he describes as tainted with true “evil” — since 1986.
Schutze alleges that 26 years ago, when “I was working on a book about the political and racial history of Dallas at the time,” John Wiley Price said, “We don’t know who the real Jews are,” and much more which, he, Schutze, says should have been explored at that time because it was racially so inflammatory. In his blog, the full conversation is available and is especially damning to Price — and perhaps damning to Schutze as well — since keeping a secret of this magnitude for decades is sure to raise questions. Decades of delay may be viewed by some, if not all, as a Dallas press cover-up at the worst or at best, journalistic accommodation of a known radical racial bias of a leading Dallas official.
The Dallas Morning News describes Price as a “lightning rod,” whose cause is racial justice. Price has been on the Dallas political scene serving as the Dallas County District 3 Commissioner since 1985. Price is the first black American to serve on that court and likes to be thought of as “Our Man Downtown.” Currently Price is under investigation for federal corruption by the FBI.
26 years later, Schutze writes, “Let’s get it out. Let’s get it all out,” challenging County Judge Clay Jenkins, who stopped action on the appointment of Price protege Aaron McCarthy, aka Aaron Michaels, to the county’s “homeland security advisory committee, to question Price an McCarthy-Michaels “on the record,” about their ties to the New Black Panther Party.
The tipping point, prompting Schutze to come forward, was Price’s recent attempts to maneuver the appointment of McCarthy-Michaels, a founder of the New Black Panther Party, as a Dallas county adviser on security issues. Schutze describes the Black Panther Party as “one of the nation’s most virulently anti-Semitic hate groups,” a party whose core belief is “that Jews are not Jews — that the “real” Jews of the Bible are black people, who are God’s “real” chosen people.”
Schutze goes on to explain that for Price to support this group is inexcusable as either ignorance or eccentricity, because the New Black Panther Party can only be described, in his opinion, as
“… Evil, pure and simple. It is the evil that for 2,000 years has writhed out of the earth in pogroms and concentration camps. In its seed it bears the potential for metastasis into a global hatred for humanity itself — for you, me, everybody, including black people in the end, because in the end hatred of humanity must hate all of humanity.”
Arguably, one might infer from the book Schutze was writing at the time he references his conversation with Price, “The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City,” that to reveal that Price was a racist might have destroyed the narrative of the story Schutze wanted to publish — one in which he described in sympathetic detail the power struggle blacks faced in Dallas politics.
Schutze also claims that he is uncomfortable publishing some of the things said and done by New Black Panther leaders, much so controversial that it has even touched the office of the Department of Justice. Many Dallasites will agree that people should know when racism is breeding in their neighborhoods, their community and their nation; however, unlike Schutze, many Dallasites feel that evil should always be exposed the minute it’s discovered, instead of accommodated for decades.
Author Suggestion: Watch this slide show to discover “Who’s Who” in the federal corruption case pending against John Wiley Price.