DALLAS – When you have an idea you’re passionate about, getting people on board can be pretty hard.
This doesn’t seem to apply to Dallas County (Texas) Commissioner John Wiley Price, who proposed a ‘Juneteenth Resolution’ in Tuesday’s meeting.
Juneteenth (June 19th) is the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom. Price believes African Americans should be paid for the turmoil the slaves went through. In his resolution, he states:
“…to the descendants of those who have been enslaved Africans who built this country, should be satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations to same.”
After voicing the matter, it didn’t seem as though the rest of the court was paying attention to Price.
All of the Commissioners approved the resolution unanimously, without discussing it.
Once they realized what they’d done, some of the Commissioners reportedly blamed Price, saying they didn’t receive a copy of the resolution prior to the meeting.
The resolution was “non-binding.” That means no money will exchange hands as a result of the vote.