Dallas Votes for Slavery Reparations
Commissioners didn't quite read resolution before approving it
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2014 12:18 AM CDT
Nineteenth century bilboes for a child, front, and an adult, typically found on slave ships, are displayed at a Smithsonian slavery exhibit.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Dallas County now officially backs paying reparations for slavery—not out of a thirst to right historical wrongs, but because commissioners weren't paying attention at a meeting. John Wiley Price, the only black commissioner on the Dallas County Commissioners Court, declared that African Americans should be "satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations" in a resolution unanimously approved by the court on Tuesday, reports the Dallas Morning News. Price's "Juneteenth Resolution" appeared to be an ordinary resolution marking the day Texas slaves learned they were free, and although it was read aloud in court, commissioners later complained that they hadn't received the text in advance.

Price, whose resolution listed many injustices against blacks, says he included the call for reparations after reading an article making the case for it. The court's only Republican changed his vote to an abstention, but the other commissioners left their votes the way they were. "I am leaving my vote the way it is," said County Judge Clay Jenkins. "This is the body’s expression of support for unity towards people, a recognition of Juneteenth." He added: "I want to encourage staff to make sure that all of the commissioners have the opportunity to actually read what they are voting on before that vote in the future." The resolution was non-binding, meaning nobody will actually pay anything, the Houston Chronicle notes.

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Jun 20, 2014 9:26 AM CDT
I need reparations from the shit John Wiley Price has spewed for 30 years. He is a joke.
Adam W
Jun 20, 2014 12:50 AM CDT
I think there should be reparations for people directly affected by jim crow era discrimination but not slavery. I know there are people who have stayed steeped in poverty because the transition from slavery to the next era of the civil rights fight didn't really award too many extra rights, but still.... I just don't see the need
Jun 19, 2014 11:07 PM CDT
Reparations are not warranted. The descendants of African American slaves have been taking revenge for years. Reparations are now voided if any of them have been convicted of a crime...