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The TIME When We Almost Got Reparations! “We Made A Mistake”

African American commissioner John Wiley Price introduced a resolution on Tuesday in commemoration of the Juneteenth celebration. The Juneteenth anniversary marks the end of slavery in the United States. But the resolution Price introduced was barely read by anyone in Dallas County, Texas, where it was proposed. Without giving it a second glance, the resolution was quickly voted on and approved. Now Dallas County has officially voted in favor of it’s 2.5 million residents standing behind a call for “monetary and substantial reparations” for the suffering of African Americans. Commissioner Price introduced the resolution and the largely Caucasian group who it was proposed to passed it unanimously, without ever reading one page of, according to the Dallas Morning News: The “Juneteenth Resolution,” commemorating the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom, seemed from its description to be just another routine proclamation. Others approved on Tuesday expressed support for Men’s Health Month — it’s June — the American Kidney Fund, and an employee in the tax office who’s been on the job for 25 years. But 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. The other commissioners – all Caucasian – said that they are “not necessarily used to reading through, trying to figure out whether there’s anything controversial in” these sorts of resolutions. Matthew Watkins, who was present at the meeting said that just listening to the resolution read aloud was something that let him to say: “I didn’t understand the ramifications myself.” After the vote, one Republican in attendance changed his “yes” to an “abstention.” The Dallas Observer continued, quoting him as saying the following: “I do not support reparations, and I do not support one of the statements he made, which was that the United States was derelict in his promise to African Americans,” Cantrell told the Dallas Observer. “I think Commissioner Price went too far, and I can’t support that.” “I had no opportunity to review it, to see what was in the resolution,” he added. “As Commissioner Price was reading this I was trying to find a copy because it sounded like he was going way over what he typically does.” Price said that the move was inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ case that was made for reparations in last month’s Atlantic. In hindsight, he explains, he probably should have given all who voted on the measure a printed copy. Whether they would have read it or not is anyone’s guess. (Article by Jackson

Source: Texas County Just Accidentally Voted To Approve Slavery Reparations

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