Dallas County Officials Approve Slavery Reparations Unknowingly

Commissioners voted for the "Juneteenth Resolution" before reading it.

Posted: 06/19/2014 12:00 PM EDT
Dallas County Officials Approve Slavery Reparations Unknowingly

This week the Dallas County Commissioners Court voted in favor of African-Americans receiving reparations for the injustices of slavery — and didn't even know it, according to DallasNews.com.

The only Black commissioner, John Wiley Price, presented the document as the "Juneteeenth Resolution" and most of the commissioners voted for it without reading it through. The officials say they did not receive a printed copy of the resolution. Since it is nonbinding, no money will be distributed. 

The officials thought the resolution was simply a proclamation acknowledging Juneteenth, the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom. One commissioner, Mike Cantrell, abstained his vote after learning of its full details, but other officials have not changed their votes.

At a Tuesday meeting, Price read the resolution out loud and it was approved without discussion. Price is not sure how the other commissioners did not receive the document.

Price said he wrote the "Juneteenth Resolution" after reading "The Case for Reparations" in The Atlantic. He wrote that the suffering of African-Americans should be "satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations."

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