Dallas County Accidentally Approved a Resolution Calling for Slavery Reparations

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Dallas County Commissioners Court
The Commissioners Court passed a ceremonial Juneteenth resolution yesterday that included reparations for slavery.
When John Wiley Price took the microphone yesterday at the Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting, his fellow commissioners appeared appropriately remorseful during his monologue on African-American suffering throughout American history. But that doesn't mean they were paying attention.

Price took the mic to urge passage of a resolution commemorating Juneteenth, a holiday marking the day that word arrived in Texas that slavery had ended. It arrived, or course, two-plus years after Lincoln abolished slavery, raising questions about whether it should be celebrated at all. Regardless, Price used the holiday to speak broadly about the hardships African-Americans have faced throughout American history, delving into slavery, Jim Crow laws, civil rights, and contemporary issues of income inequality and predatory lending.

Commissioner members appeared to be listening, but they clearly missed Price's last sentence, which called for monetary reparations for slavery:

"The United States of America is derelict in its promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to the African-American people. Be it further resolved that the dereliction that has caused 400 years of significant ... suffering to the descendants of those who have been enslaved Africans who built this country, should be satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations to same."

Immediately after Price stopped speaking, a voice eagerly chimed, "Seconded!" and the other three members unanimously chanted "aye" to pass the resolution. It was only later that members began to realize that they'd supported such a politically fraught decree.

After the vote, as word circulated of what they'd approved, the commissioners quickly regretted it, Commissioner Mike Cantrell told Unfair Park this morning. Cantrell promptly changed his vote to "abstain." The others kept their votes, since the proclamation is purely ceremonial. (Calls to Wiley Price and Judge Clay Jenkins were not immediately returned.)

"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 said. "I think Commissioner Price went too far, and I can't support that."

Juneteenth Resolutions are common in cities across the country, and this is not the first time a Juneteenth Resolution has passed in the Dallas County Commissioners Court. But this time, Price had neglected to send out the printed text of the resolution in time for the meeting. It's a lot easier to comprehend something when you have it in print form in front of you than when someone is saying something, Cantrell said.

"I had no opportunity to review it, to see what was in the resolution," he said. "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."


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WatchingSouthDetroit
WatchingSouthDetroit

Clay Jenkins is an incompetent fool and just embarrasses himself on a regular basis - lets JWP show that he is running things, not Jenkins.

If JWP wants to pay reparations, let him go into his hidden pile of cash from his shakedowns and pay for them.

gm0622
gm0622

Dumb as a box of rocks. I doubt that Price "forgot" to distribute a printed copy of the resolution, he gamed the rest of the clowncil.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

 Must be ready embarrassing for the commissioners to be publicly played by JWP?

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

Another example of the incompetence of Judge Jenkins.  How did he even let a vote go?  You just don't chime in with a second and everybody says Aye.  Does he chair the meeting or just sit in the chair?

roo_ster
roo_ster

"I would resolve that a goodly part, if not most, of the reparations to the descendants of slaves be diverted to the descendants of Union soldiers who fought, bled, and died to free them." 

wcvemail
wcvemail

For those keeping count, this is the three-year anniversary month of the FBI raid on JWP's house. (June 2011) About a year after that news broke, somebody posted a question about the usual length of time for Fed investigations of politicians. I actually researched that question, and posted here on Unfair Park that it averaged four years from first arrest/raid to trial. Both I and JWP are still here, and I'm still keeping count. He's probably still counting, too, but he's too smart to actually count reparations.

thechuckwilliams
thechuckwilliams

Wow. At this point, I think everyone commenting agrees that JWP is a clownshoe. What are the odds?! :)

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Elected reps cluless.... shocking.

These are the real government drones.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

JWP's got a point. Giving reparations to descendants of slaves will fix everything.

MattL11
MattL11

So the Commissioners Court IS capable of doing some good, but only when they don't intend to. Good to know.  

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Sometimes, you have to pass a resolution to see what's in the resolution.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

Some one needs to remind Commissioner Price that the United States of America in its current form did not exist prior to 1788.  The treaty between England and the former colonies was signed in 1783 which gave rise to the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.


Some scholars are of the opinion that American independence was not settled until the War of 1812 was concluded.


Besides, if you are going to blame the ills of African-Americans on somebody, blame it on Eli Whitney.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

WTF....Listened to, then voted yes on something that was even in the meeting agenda.

Does anyone listen or read down there.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Yeah, JWP has suffered mightily, forced to drive a Bentley and keep a $quarter mil in cold hard American cash stashed in his safe.

I wish I could suffer like JWP.

ColonelAngus
ColonelAngus

"The United States of America is derelict in its promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to the African American people."


Except for the one with hundreds of thousands in cash and gold in his safe, a Bentley in the garage and a vast collection of $3,000 suits and eyewear.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@CogitoErgoSum

As what?

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@TheRuddSki As obsessed with your enemy. It's a bit unhealthy. Did you rail on W this much, or did you think he was a generally solid president? I won't bring up his predecessor because I'm sure you hated him nearly as much as this guy.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@CogitoErgoSum

Your obsession with my preferences is not a good sign.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

I like your sense of humor but you must realize that I have a point. You take every opportunity to jab the prez. Why is that? Is he really any worse of a president than W, Clinton, Daddy Bush, Reagan, et cetera? I'd hope that with your demonstrated ability to reason you take issue with certain policy decisions made by every president you've known

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@CogitoErgoSum

Is he really any worse of a president than W, Clinton, Daddy Bush, Reagan...

Yes.

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