Remember that story from Wednesday about how so-called "black holes" were a mark of racial bigotry?
Leave it up to FReeper doug from upland to get to the bottom of this story. You see, DFU decided to call Commissioner Price's office directly, and make a profuse apology for having the audacity (presumably of HOPE) to use the term "black hole" in his Astronomy class.
The resulting conversation? Kinda funny:
Update: I can't wait for the upcoming Disney release of this modernized classic (which is described over here for those of you too young to remember the original)
[Answering the phone at Commissioner Price's office was]
MELANIE: Commissioner Wiley.
DFU: Yes, ma'am, I'm Doug and I'm calling from California about the story of the black hole and Commissioner Wiley.
M: Yes, sir. (sort of a little of a chuckle...she has undoubtedly had lots of calls.)
DFU: I teach an astronomy course at the local community college and I always try to be sensitive and not offend people. I am wondering if it would be better to use the term "hole of color" in my class.
M: No, that won't be necessary. Commissioner Wiley knows what a black hole is in astronomy.
M: He is not offended by the phrase. This thing just escalated. There have been other comments in the past that led to this.
DFU: Oh, good. So it's okay to use "black hole," and I won't have to say "hole of color."
M: Yes, sir. He understands. That's fine.
DFU: That's a relief. Thank you. Goodbye.