The reparations debate is an ongoing discussion. In an article titled “The case for reparations” author Ta-Nehisi CoatesÂ insists that America will never be whole until we “reckon with our compounding moral debts”. Her argument is, since black people have had to deal with “two hundred fifty years of slavery, ninety years of Jim Crow, sixty years of separate but equal and thirty-five years of racist housing policy”, they should be compensated for what their ancestors went through.
It’s a valid argument, but what about equality? Should white people with ancestors that fought and died in the civil war fighting against slavery be compensated as well? What about the black people who owned slaves? Should the descendants of those people be punished for what their ancestors did?
The discussion will continue for most states, but according to recent reports, a group of commissioners Â just made the decision for Dallas County. Commissioner John Wiley PriceÂ passed a Juneteenth resolution that commemorated the day slaves in Texas earned their freedom. The resolution reportedly also claims that black people should be receiving reparations for slavery.
From Breitbart news:
Commissioner John Wiley Price, who is facing an ongoing FBI investigation, was the author of the Juneteenth Resolution. According to the Dallas Morning News, Priceâ€™s resolution included a list of items besides commemorating the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom. â€œit 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 â€˜satisfied with monetary and substantial reparations.’â€ Price wrote the resolution after reading an article from The Atlantic that made a case for reparations.
Price even read the resolution in its entirety at the meeting, but other commissioners never heard the controversial language. Instead of anyone speaking up, the Dallas County Commissioners Court approved Priceâ€™s resolution.
An hour after the event commissioners complained that they had not seen the language of the resolution and the lone Republican on the commissioners court, Mike Cantrell, had changed his vote to an abstention according to the report above.
While other members of the Dallas County Commissioners Court would have liked to have read the resolution before voting on it, the decision was made to leave the vote and resolution as is.