Reparations For Slavery In Texas?
Just a fews days ago on June 19th, many people all over the US, specifically in the state of Texas celebrated the “Juneteenth” holiday marking the official end of slavery in America back in 1865. And one county in Texas celebrated in a big way… by passing a bill for slavery reparations…accidentally!!!
CBS News Reports:
Dallas County leaders have passed a resolution supporting reparations to African-Americans for years of slavery – without even realizing they had done so.
County commissioners unwittingly gave their OK by unanimously passing a Juneteenth resolution on Tuesday that stated blacks’ suffering should be “satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations.”
(Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price pictured above)
The “Juneteenth” resolution was introduced by African American Commissioner John Wiley Price to mark the celebration of the end of slavery in America.
Price’s resolution went beyond taking note of Juneteenth; 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 read the entire document aloud at the meeting. But that happens with every resolution, and the commissioners didn’t seem to be listening with a critical ear. With no discussion, Price’s resolution was approved by voice vote.
Dallas County’s population of 2.5 million residents would indeed be the first ever to receive reparations. But that may be a long way off. Now many of the commissioners that voted to pass the resolution claim they never read it before voting.
Other commissioners admitted after their meeting Tuesday that they hadn’t read the document before voting for it.
Commissioner Mike Cantrell, the court’s lone Republican, later changed his vote to an abstention.
“The reason why I didn’t abstain this morning is that I had not received a copy of the resolution,” he said.
None of the other commissioners changed their votes, meaning the resolution remains the county’s official position. It is, however, a nonbinding resolution, and no tax money will change hands as a result of its passage.