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Texas Commissioners Vote in Favor of Slavery Reparations Without Realizing It

Texas approves slavery reparations Dallas County commissioners in Texas accidentally voted in favor of slavery reparations earlier this week and are now admitting they did not read the entire resolution before making the unanimous decision.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Dallas County commissioners made a surprising unanimous vote on a Juneteenth resolution because they assumed they already knew what the resolution stated.

“Juneteenth” is a term given for the 19th of June to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas on that day in 1865 and the emancipation of African-Americans in general.

Initially, the Dallas County resolution appeared to be another routine proclamation of June 19.

However, The Guardian reports that the final paragraph of the resolution states that African-Americans should be “satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations.”

After the decision had been made, commissioners complained that they had not received copies of the resolution prior to the vote.

They also argued that slavery reparations were not mentioned anywhere in the meeting’s agenda.

The resolution was, however, read to the commissioners by member John Wiley Price who also introduced the non-binding legislation.

Price is currently the only Black Dallas County commissioner.

Because the resolution is indeed non-binding, reparations for slavery will not be enforced, however, one of the commissioners encouraged the staff to be more careful next time.

“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,” county judge Clay Jenkins said.

He also said that he has no intentions to change his vote on the resolution.

“I am leaving my vote the way it is,” Jenkins said. “This is the body’s expression of support for unity towards people, a recognition of Juneteenth.”

Dallas County approves slavery reparationsOther commissioners agreed to keep their votes in tact because they still viewed the resolution as being strictly ceremonial.

Commissioner Mike Cantrell, on the other hand, changed his vote to “abstain.”

“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.”

Cantrell also responded to reports that other commissioners were busy on their computers or otherwise uninterested when Price was reading the resolution.

He told Raw Story that he was actually looking for a copy of the resolution because something didn’t seem right.

“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,” Cantrell said.

Meanwhile, Price still stands behind the decision to approve slavery reparations.

“We are the only people who haven’t been compensated,” Price said.

In the resolution he noted that Native Americans and Japanese-Americans have been given compensation for the cruel treatment of their ancestors and he believes African-Americans deserve the same.

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7 thoughts on “Texas Commissioners Vote in Favor of Slavery Reparations Without Realizing It

  1. Prince Todd Eric Williamson says:

    I am HERE for this! My little bungalow would look cute on 40 acres!

  2. Takoda El says:

    what is a african -american? what is a black person?

  3. I want my 40 acres on an island.

  4. Helen Smith says:

    Sorry then you need to include true Native people who were slaughtered for the land, women, indentured servants. Poor white women in history, also treated like shit in this country. I'm a poor white woman, what ya got for me? Hand it over, I would love to pay off my mortgage. This is 2014, get a job if you want money. Never give me the power of the vote because welfare would be gone for everyone too! In history slaves were common in every country including Africa. Egyptions kept slaves for thousands of years. African tribes kept enemies as slaves (and wives). It's a stupid concept to expect money for it now. Build your life in the now, not the then.

  5. Wilet Wilet says:

    Wellette Seyon, I love the way u handled this situation Wellette. All I can say is thank you God bless you..Sincerely Willetta

  6. Helen Smith says:

    Wellette Seyon Please, my ancestors first of all aren't even from America but they're also dead and buried and we live in 2016. The native Americans got a bunch of drunkards and crappy land. Move on, you're not a slave, I sure as hell didn't make anyone a slave. Live in the present like the rest of us and stop using it as an excuse. The only think I'm guilty up is getting up every day to go to work so my three kids can eat and you don't see me asking a damn sou; for anything. Yawn, yawn, yawn already. If you want to bitch, I suggest you build a time machine because the rest of us are tired of hearing it. You want money, get a job and earn it just like everyone else living in 2016. I'm not working to pay for something that happened over 100 years ago. And read a book, you know why there's alarge group of girls missing, because they were taking recently and made into wives. It not only did exist, it still does exist and yes they are tribes and it's based on religion. And then when they returned, they were turned away from their own tribe because they couldn't be trusted. I work for a law firm and every document we type for amnesty includes the word tribe because that is what they call themselves. And none of them come here looking for free money, they come for safety and they live in the present. I'll sit down and shut up when people stop bitching and get their own shit together and stop blaming others for their lack of accomplishment. Growing up my mom worked 3 jobs so please with all the "we were once", you aren't now!

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