The Dallas County Commissioners Court declared Tuesday that African-Americans deserve reparations for slavery, even though most commissioners didn’t seem to know that they were doing so.
The issue arose in a resolution written by John Wiley Price, the county’s only black commissioner. Other commissioners admitted after their meeting Tuesday that they hadn’t read the document before voting for it Dallas Morning News reported.
Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is facing an ongoing FBI investigation, was the author of the Juneteenth Resolution. According to the Dallas Morning News, Price’s resolution included a list of items besides commemorating the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom. “it included a long list of injustices endured by blacks, from slavery to Jim Crow to predatory lending practices. Then, in its final paragraph, it declared that the suffering of African-Americans should be ‘satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations.’” Price wrote the resolution after reading an article from The Atlantic that made a case for reparations.
Price even read the resolution in its entirety at the meeting, but other commissioners never heard the controversial language. Instead of anyone speaking up, the Dallas County Commissioners Court approved Price’s resolution.
An hour after the event commissioners complained that they had not seen the language of the resolution and the lone Republican on the commissioners court, Mike Cantrell, had changed his vote to an abstention according to the report above.
While other members of the Dallas County Commissioners Court would have liked to have read the resolution before voting on it, the decision was made to leave the vote and resolution as is.
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