Reparations for African-Americans Passes
Leaders in a North Texas county passed a resolution this week supporting reparations to African Americans for slavery – without even realizing they had done so.Lawmakers are encouraged to read the measures they vote on.
Dallas county commissioners unanimously passed a Juneteenth resolution on Tuesday that appeared to be another routine proclamation, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. But the resolution went further by including a list of injustices, and then stating in the final paragraph that blacks' suffering should be "satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations".
Commissioners admitted afterward they hadn't read the resolution before voting, according to The Dallas Morning News. About an hour after their vote, commissioners complained they hadn't received copies of the resolution beforehand.
The meeting agenda made no specific mention of reparations, but the resolution was read aloud by John Wiley Price, who introduced the measure and is the commission's only black member.
The vote is nonbinding, so no reparations, through payments or other means, will be made.